OAKLAND – Albert S. Hall, beloved husband of Marilyn (Miller) Hall, died Jan. 12, 2010, surrounded by family, friends, and his dog, Abby. He was born in 1935, in East Dixfield, to Clifton L. and H. Lucille Sedgeley Hall. He attended a two-room schoolhouse, where his mother was one of the teachers until he entered high school. He graduated from Wilton Academy in 1954 and Farmington State College in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science degree in education. He earned his Master in Education Administration degree in 1963 and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in 1969 from the University of Maine, Orono. Al had a long career in education: one year as teacher/principal in Winslow and 35 years in the city of Waterville as a sixth grade teacher, principal of South Grammar and Averill schools, as the assistant superintendent and for the last 11 years of his career as superintendent of schools for the city of Waterville. Al was proud to belong to many professional organizations throughout his life, all of which impacted the welfare of children in Maine. Among them were: president of Waterville Teachers Association, president of Kennebec Valley Superintendents Association, chairman of Maine State Advisory Panel on the Education of Handicapped Children, American Association of School Administrators and Maine State Superintendents Association, which honored him by electing him in 1990-1991 as their president. Even after his retirement, Al continued to impact educators of children by teaching continuing education courses at University of Maine at Augusta and American Institute for Creative Education. In 1994 upon his retirement as superintendent of schools, the city of Waterville honored him by renaming the former Pleasant Street School, Albert S. Hall School. No greater tribute could have been made. Albert was predeceased by his brother, Richard M. Hall of Dixfield. In addition to his loving wife, Marilyn; he is survived by his three daughters, Deborah Hall-Wisse and her husband, Wes Wisse, of Simsbury, Conn., Rebecca (Hall) Bedard and her husband, W. Dean Bedard, of Amherst, N.H., and Elizabeth (Hall) Crumrine and her husband, Mark Crumrine, of Minden, Nev.; six grandchildren, Zachary Wisse of Milford, N.H., and Nicholas Wisse of Simsbury, Conn., Meghan Bedard and Alexander Bedard of Amherst, N.H., and Kathryn Crumrine and Brianna Crumrine of Minden, Nev.; a brother-in-law, George H. Miller and his wife, Janice Von Brook, of Hampden; as well as by many relatives and friends, all of whom love and miss him. A celebration of his life/ memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at First Baptist Church, corner of Elm and Park streets, Waterville. A reception will be held immediately after the service at Albert S. Hall School, Pleasant Street. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. In keeping with Al’s lifelong commitment to children, the family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to any organization that benefits the life of a child or to Albert S. Hall School, Juniors Writers Day Program, care of Harriet Trafford, 27 Pleasant St., Waterville, ME 04901 or to University of Maine at Farmington Scholarship Fund, care of Pat Carpenter, Ferro Alumni Center, 242 Main St., Farmington, ME 04938.
ALBERT S. HALL
Posted Jan. 13, 2010, at 7:42 p.m.