George Theodore Hall Born in Santa Monica November 3, 1933; passed away May 9, 2013, at home in San Anselmo. George is survived by Virginia Hall, his wife of 35 years; son Steven Hall (Marie Gallo-Hall) of Coventry CT; daughter Charmian Valante (Michael) of Westport CT; brother Don Hall of Lake Tahoe; grandchildren Austin Hall, Claire Hall, Olivia Valante, and Kate Valante; nephews Damon and Jason; niece Ashley; stepdaughter Alyce Brownridge (Dennis); stepgrandchildren Lucas Albrecht (Destiny) of Santa Rosa and Ellie Brownridge of Tucson AZ; and great-stepgrandchildren Faye Hale and Kaya Albrecht of Santa Rosa. George grew up in Southern California and Sausalito, graduating from Tamalpais High School in 1951. He attended College of Marin and the University of California at Berkeley and earned his BA and MA in English from San Francisco State College. His children were by wife Mary-Anne Sheflott of New London CT. He later married Mary Beckman of Sausalito. He enjoyed sports throughout his life as a player, coach, and spectator. He played basketball for the College of Marin and, for four years, for the US Air Force national team during his Korean War enlistment. In the military he worked as a steward transporting dead and injured soldiers. George had a long career teaching English and coaching. He began as a dorm parent at San Rafael Military Academy (now Marin Academy), then taught English at Aragon High School in San Mateo, Lick-Wilmerding in San Francisco, San Quentin Prison, and Marin County Juvenile Hall. He coached varsity tennis and basketball at Lick-Wilmerding, leading his teams to 12 championships in five years. At San Quentin, he organized the first tennis tournament between inmates and players from San Francisco. George loved reading, poetry, chess, and gardening. For many years he found joy in the competitive chess scene at Sausalito's No Name Bar. Virginia and George met at Fred's in Sausalito when he was living in a houseboat in Gate 5. After they moved to San Anselmo in 1984, he developed a passion for remodeling and gardening. George Hall touched many lives with joy and laughter. His quick wit, storytelling, poetry recitations, and charming and gracious manner made him a popular and welcome teacher, coach, neighbor, and friend, and a beloved husband and parent. He will be missed by many. A remembrance celebration will be hosted at his home in San Anselmo at 2:00 PM, July 28. RSVP to Virginia Hall. No flowers please. In lieu of flowers, a donation to Hospice by the Bay is appreciated.
Published in Marin Independent Journal on May 19, 2013