A memorial service celebrating the life of Dr. Hurst Moreland Hall Sr. will be Saturday, Aug. 11 at 2 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church in Natchitoches with the Rev. Suzanne Wolfenburger officiating assisted by the Rev. Frank Fuller. His family will receive friends Friday, Aug. 10 from 5-7 p.m. in the chapel of Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches. Interment will be at the American Cemetery.
Dr. Hall, 88, died unexpectedly Monday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Natchitoches. He was born in Mt. Pleasant, Miss., and was the oldest son of Callie and Lewis Hall.
He graduated from Toccopola High School and then earned Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in health and physical education from the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss., where he ran track. He also earned the Advanced Master of Arts in education degree in guidance and counseling from Ole Miss before earning the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Educational Psychology and Counseling at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, in 1969.
After earning his bachelor’s degree, he entered the U. S. Air Force and served from 1951-1955. He then served as director of special services and as a guidance counselor for Union Public Schools in Union, Mo.
Dr. Hall joined the Northwestern State University faculty in 1959 as a psychologist and educational consultant on special evaluation teams. During his 40-year tenure he taught countless students serving as a professor, department head and division chairman for special education, human services and educational psychology. Dr. Hall was the author and co-author of numerous publications and grants, and he devoted a significant part of his career as a consultant for several state and federal agencies. He was president of Phi Delta Kappa and was an active officer and member of the American and Louisiana Psychological Associations, the National Association of School Psychologists, Psi Chi, the Council for Exceptional Children, the Louisiana Personnel and Guidance Association and the Natchitoches Mental Health Association. He held lifetime teacher and counselor certificates in several states and proudly served as a Licensed Professional Counselor for the National Board of Certified Counselors. He was named Professor Emeritus in the College of Education at Northwestern State following his retirement in 2001.
He was active in the community, and a member of the Natchitoches Rotary Club, where he was named a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a member of the Grand Masonic Lodge of Louisiana, Phoenix Lodge No. 38 in Natchitoches, a member of the El Karubah Shriners and a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. His family were active members of Trinity Episcopal Church, where he served as a reader, choir member and Senior Warden. He was a founding member of the Back Porch Band in Natchitoches and was named to the Louisiana State Hall of Master Folk Artists in 2002.
Dr. Hall married the love of his life, the former Jane Elizabeth Kean, in 1954, and together they raised two children, Kimberly Jane and Hurst Jr. (Landy).
He leaves his wife of 63 years, Jane; daughter, Kimberly Hall Oas of Dallas; daughter-in-law, Julie Hatch Hall of Atlanta, Ga.; granddaughter, Molly Lucille Oas Hobby and husband Ryan of Dallas; grandson, Dr. Hurst Moreland Hall III and wife Carolyn of Dallas; granddaughters, Callie Renee Hall of Sacramento, Calif., Hannah Hall Burzumato and husband Bradley of Dulles, Va., and Suzanne Hall of Atlanta, Ga.; and his great-grandchildren, Cate Hall and Hurst Michael Hall of Dallas and Robert and Lauren Alisharan of Sacramento, Calif. He also leaves his brother, Joe R. Hall and wife Wanda of Toccopola, Miss.
His parents and his son, Hurst Moreland Hall Jr., predeceased him.