Edward T. Hall

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Edward T. Hall Ph.D. Emeritus Northwestern University May 16, 1914 - July 20, 2009 Distinguished professor of anthropology and long-time resident of Santa Fe, Edward T. Hall, also known as "Ned" by family, friends and colleagues, passed away swiftly at his home in Santa Fe on the evening of July 20th, 2009. His wife, Karin, was at his side. Ned's strength had begun to wane in recent days and before that, he had suffered several strokes. Ned was a true pioneer in anthropology and is also regarded as the father of the field of intercultural studies. This year is the 50th anniversary of his classic work, The Silent Language, which has influenced millions of people worldwide. Ned was born on May 16th, 1914 in Webster Groves, MO but he grew up in New Mexico where he attended Los Alamos School for Boys, Aspen Ranch and Santa Fe High School. In 1936, he graduated from The University of Denver. He received his MA in Anthropology in 1938 from the University of Arizona. In 1942 he completed his Ph.D. at Columbia University. During WW II, Ned served in the US Army in both the European and Pacific theaters. After the war, he married Mildred Ellis Reed of Pittsburgh, PA. They had two children, Ellen M. Hall and Eric R. Hall. Edward T. Hall was on the faculties of the Illinois Institute of Technology, the Washington School of Psychiatry, Bennington College, the University of Denver and Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. After his retirement from Northwestern, he continued to lecture at colleges and universities throughout the United States and abroad. His books, The Silent Language, The Hidden Dimension, Beyond Culture, The Dance of Life are still widely read and quoted in this country and abroad. They have been translated into many languages. Ned also wrote and published numerous articles about intercultural relations and man's use of space. His particular interest in cross-cultural differences in spatial perception and behavior resulted in his coining the word "proxemics." Ned and his wife, Mildred, researched and wrote about intercultural relations for business and government. Their two most well known books are, Hidden Differences: Doing Business with the Japanese and Understanding Cultural Differences: Germans, French and Americans. Mildred R. Hall passed away in 1994, and in 2004, Ned married his loving partner of 8 years, Karin Bergh. Students and colleagues worldwide adored Ned. They sought his advice and blessing from the ends of the earth. He was one of those rare people who was generous with himself, his knowledge and his experience. There was little that Ned hadn't attempted during his lifetime. He designed and built his first house, making the adobe bricks with his own hands. He maintained and restored his cars. He learned the art of photography so that he could capture the magnificent New Mexico landscape and architecture. He hiked the mountains of New Mexico and, at the age of 60, learned to fly his own Beech Craft airplane. All his life, he was an excellent horseman and rode until the age of 87. He was an inspiration and true model for anyone he met. His father, Edward T. Hall Sr.; his mother Jessie G.Warneke; his stepfather, Heinz Warneke; his wife, Mildred; his daughter, Ellen; his sister, Delight D. Rothe; and brother, Richard W. Hall preceded Ned in death. Ned is survived by his wife, Karin B. Hall; his sister, Priscilla Waters Norton of CT; his son, Eric R. Hall of ABQ; his grandson, Edward T. Hall III of ABQ; a niece, Lillian Dick of RI; his nephews: Ernst Rothe of NY, Eigil Rothe of VA, Greg Hall of VA, John Hall of IL, Levin L. (Quint) Waters of Nantucket, Jonathan B. Waters of CT; a grandniece, Emilie Waters of CT; his grandnephews: Chris Hall of NJ, Nathaniel L. Waters of MA, and Asa K. Waters of MA. The Hall family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the staff at Open Hands and PMS Hospice. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to Open Hands Adult Day Services, 2976 Rodeo Park Drive East, Santa Fe, NM 87505 or online at www.openhands.org and PMS Hospice, 1400 Chama, Santa Fe, NM 87505 or online at www.pmsfsouthwest.org. Both organizations worked tirelessly to make Ned's last years, months and days the best possible. A Memorial Service will be held in Santa Fe at the St. Francis Auditorium on Monday, August 17th, 2009 at 6:30 PM. The Rivera Family of Santa Fe Funeral Options 417 East Rodeo Road Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505 (505) 989-7032 Santafefuneraloption.com