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Harold S. Hall

Posted on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Harold S. Hall was born on June 23, 1915 in Newton, Kan., the son of Lyman R. Hall and Flora (Bachmann) Hall.

Although a skilled athlete in both baseball and tennis he opted for the more promising opportunities as a graduate of K.U. Lawrence in mining engineering. This led him to an adventurous and athletic life as a Topographic Field Engineer for the U.S. Geological Survey, Dept. of the Interior.

His career was interrupted by three years of service during World War II in the U.S Army Air Corps as an aviation meteorologist, in the Pacific Area of Operations.

In 1944 he married Miriam Gay Gulley of Farmerville, La. and after the war they embarked on the nomadic life of a topographical mapmaker, again in the employ of the Department of the Interior.

During his career with the Geological Survey he participated in revolutionary changes in methods and procedures for making topographical maps.  As Field Project Engineer, Planning Engineer in the Office of Plans and Program Development, District Engineer, and Chief of the Branch of Plans and Production, Mr. Hall received a Meritorious Service Award from the Department of the Interior.

In 1976 Mr. Hall retired from the Mid-Continent Maping Center and returned to his love of tennis, travel and life with Mimi.

Mr. Hall died at his home overlooking the Mississippi river in Louisiana on Nov. 22, and is survived by his wife Mimi, his son Ralph L. Hall and wife, MeChelle, of Gainesville, Fla., daughters Mary Dee Brown and husband, Bruce, of St. Louis, and Flora Ann Klenklen and husband, Stephen, of Kansas City; and grandsons, Street Lloyd Brown, G. Mason Klenklen, and Anton Dalton Hall.

Collier Funeral Home in Louisiana in charge of arrangements.