Mr. Dan Hall Obituary

DANIEL HALL Obituary (2021) - Hull, MA - Boston Globe


HALL, Daniel Manson Passed away peacefully at age 92 after a short illness on November, 22, 2021. Dan grew up in West Newton, MA, attended Newton Schools, Governor Academy in South Byfield, and graduated from Colby College in 1951. He was president of his class and co-captain of the ice hockey team.  Following Colby, Dan enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Eritrea, a high security communication base. On his return, Dan began his teaching career at Williamstown High School, MA, teaching history, general science, and business. He earned a Ed. M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, taught history and coached hockey at Hingham High School, and returned to Africa to teach English and history at Chikore Secondary School in Southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe. On his return, Dan joined the faculty of Lynnfield High School, MA, taught for eight years before moving with his wife and three small children to teach in Zambia for two years.

After finishing his contract there, he returned to Lynnfield High School. Dan worked summers for the Boston Redevelopment Authority in the South End, and was involved with bringing METCO students from Boston to study at Lynnfield. He later became a member of the METCO Board of Directors and an advisor for American Field Service students. On retirement from Lynnfield High School as head of the Social Studies Department, Dan worked as a counselor at Pine Street Inn, a homeless shelter in the South End, and later at their Long Island location. He worked for 13 years as a Case Manager in a program designed for men in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. After moving to Duxbury in 1997, he served on the Board of Directors for Crossroads for Kids, a summer camp in Duxbury for urban atrisk children, and made several trips to Kyetume, Uganda, to both fund and advise the growth of the school and orphanage of the Uganda Rural Fund.  Dan received the President's Volunteer Service Award from President Obama and the Outstanding Educator Award from Colby College. These awards stemmed from Dan engaging his high school students in challenging and thought-provoking concerns beyond the school scene. He believed in helping the less fortunate, and worked his whole life to alleviate human suffering. A celebration of Dan's life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 11, at Pilgrim Church, 404 Washington Street, Duxbury, MA.  Donations may be made to Crossroads for Kids, 119 Myrtle Street, Duxbury, MA 02332.