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Prof. Robert Leonard Hall Robert Leonard Hall was born to Taylor and Elsie Nejedlo Hall on Feb. 8, 1927, in Green Bay Wis. While a student at Green Bay's East High School, he earned the distinction of being the second place winner in the national Westinghouse Science Talent Search for high school students. He was also an Eagle Scout. After a year in the Navy, Mr. Hall entered the University of Wisconsin-Madison on the G.I. Bill, where he acquired B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in anthropology. In 1958 he married Barbara Lee Mohr, who would be his wife and collaborator for 53 years. They moved to South Dakota, where Mr. Hall served as director of the Institute of Indian Studies at the University of South Dakota and then later to Springfield, Ill., where he became curator of anthropology at the Illinois State Museum, followed by a year as an associate professor at Marquette University. From 1968 to 1998 Mr. Hall taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago, ten of them as chair of the Anthropology Department. As an anthropologist he specialized in archaeology and American Indian studies. Mr. Hall died Friday, March 16, 2012, in Libertyville, Ill., at the age of 85 from complications of a carcinoid cancer. He is survived by wife, Barbara and daughters, Jane (Paul) Taylor, Kathryn Hall, Martha (Peter) Hansen and Susan (Ryan Juza) Hall, and four grandchildren. The visitation will be held on Tuesday March 20, from 4 to 8 p.m. at McMurrough Funeral Chapel, Ltd., 101 Park Place (Route 176, one block east of Milwaukee Ave.), Libertyville. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 21, at 10 a.m. at the St. Lawrence Episcopal Church in Libertyville, Ill.

Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on Mar. 19, 2012
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