Dr. John Cody Hall

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Dr. John Cody Hall died June 7, 2016 after a prolonged illness. He was preceded in death by his parents Edmond Cody Hall and Barbara Hodge Hall; his first wife, Marilyn Hall, and his brother, Randy Hall. John was born in Birmingham and grew up in Anniston where his father was the editor of the Anniston Star. Growing up, John was an Eagle Scout, and began displaying his lifelong love of nature at an early age by raising a pet beaver. As a Captain in the U.S. Army Rangers, he served in Vietnam and later was one of the few entrusted with the U.S. nuclear arsenal while stationed in West Germany. During this time, John met his first wife, Marilyn, to whom he was married for thirty years. John was an inspirational educator to generations of students. His formal instructional experience included teaching science at Tuscaloosa High School and geology at Shelton State for 25 years. Additionally, John was Assistant Director of the Alabama Museum of Natural History for over 20 years, founded the museum Summer Expedition Series, and taught geology at the University of West Alabama, where he was also the first Director of the Black Belt Museum. He had a talent for explaining complex scientific theories in a way that anyone could understand and appreciate. John enjoyed a long friendship and fifteen wonderful years of marriage with his wife, Rosa. Together, they have been actively involved in living history, where John portrayed the naturalist William Bartram at events across the southeast. Throughout his life, John shared his infectious enthusiasm, humor and wit with thousands of individuals whose lives were forever altered by the experience of having known him. John loved his family, cannons, cats, Pogo comics, duck hunting, was critical of "tomfoolery", and yet excelled at blowing things up. He was an opinionated polymath, an award-winning author, conservationist, public speaker, a storyteller and humorist. John was an expert on Prince Madoc, the Hodges Meteorite and the natural history of Alabama. John was frequently irreverent and a lovable curmudgeon. He is survived by his wife, Rosa Newman Hall ; sister, Mary Marchewka Hall; children, Douglas Cody Hall (Julie), Tom Newman (Beth), Michael Newman (Susan), Monica Newman Moore (Walter) and John Newman (Neva); grandchildren, Eric Newman, Glen Newman, Calloway Newman, Ben Newman, Justin Newman, Butler Newman, Pierce Hall, Mary Ella Hall; great-grandchildren Spencer, Sienna, Sage, E.J and Isaac. He is also survived by many, many dear friends and colleagues, the Cracker Barrel Breakfast Club, and Bob the cat. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the John C. Hall Memorial Fund, to establish the Education Programs Facility at the Black Belt Museum at UWA, or that individuals plant Longlife Pines in Alabama (contact the Longleaf Alliance) or buy and plant a native Oakleaf Hydrangea. Ipsi dixit. There will be a memorial service at 2 p.m. at Smith Hall on the University of Alabama campus Sunday, June 12, 2016.
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Published in The Anniston Star on June 9, 2016