Mount Vernon News
  • Arthur R. Hall

  • February 5, 2011

BETHESDA, M.D. — The Rev. Dr. Arthur R. Hall, 88, Pastor Emeritus of Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, M.D., died in his home in Gaithersburg on Jan. 29, 2011, from complications related to PSP (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy).

Arthur Hall was born on Easter Sunday, April 16, 1922, to the late Arthur R. Hall Sr. and Ada (Wheeler) Hall of Danville, Ill. He graduated from Danville High School in 1940. He attended the University of Illinois where he earned an AB in History (1946) and an MA in Philosophy (1948). He earned an MDiv (cum laude) from Union Theological Seminary (NYC) in 1951. He received an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Hanover College (IN) in 1964. During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy (LTJG) in the Pacific Theater (1943-46).

Dr. Hall was ordained to the ministry in 1951 and was a pastor in the Presbyterian Church, USA, serving First Presbyterian Church, Monmouth, Ill., (1951-1958); Central Presbyterian Church, Louisville, Ky., (1958-1967); and Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church, Bethesda, Md., (1967-1989).

He was married to Ann Benson Hall for 65 years and was the devoted father of Janet Hall Graff (Steven) of Falls Church, Va., Laura Hall Abell (Michael) of Mount Vernon, and Nancy Hall Berens (Thomas) of Alexandria, Va.; and grandfather to Geoffrey Graff (Shalini Low-Nam), Hannah Graff, Dylan Scott, Ethen Abell and Anne-Marie Berens. He was preceded in death by his parents, and an infant sister, Janet Hall; and his son-in-law, Rick Scott.

Arthur Hall was active in many local charities and mission projects both in the DC area and in Louisville, Ky. He was also active with the Presbyterian Church on the national level especially in the area of education where he acted as the president of the Board of Christian Education, chairman of Renewal and Extension of the Ministry, and served on the Joint Committee on Presbyterian Reunion. He served on the board of several educational institutions including Louisville Theological Seminary (KY), Centre College (Danville, KY), Union Theological Seminary (NYC), and Johnson C. Smith Seminary and the Interdenominational Theological Center (Atlanta, GA). In 1970 he was a delegate to the Uniting Assembly of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches in Nairobi, Kenya.

Dr. Hall loved reading, traveling and music. He also had a keen interest in cars and architecture. Family travels took them all over the U.S. and around the world.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Feb. 20, at 2 p.m. at Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church, 6601 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda. Burial will be in East Lynn Cemetery north of his hometown of Danville, Ill.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Hall Mission Fund at Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church.

Submitted by Michael Abell.

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