Douglas Scott HALL

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HALL, Douglas ScottAge 72 of Nashville, TN, died Saturday, March 16, 2013 after a brief illness. He was born May 30, 1940 to the late W. Scott Hall and Catherine Read Hall in Lexington, KY. In 1967, he joined the faculty of Vanderbilt University after having earned a BA in Chemistry from Swarthmore College, and the M.A. and Ph.D. in Astronomy from Indiana University. He retired from Vanderbilt as Professor of Physics & Astronomy, Emeritus in 2003. A distinguished astronomer and scientist, his research covered many areas and he is credited with several significant discoveries. In addition to his research and presenting scientific papers at international professional meetings, he taught undergraduate courses in Astronomy, mentored graduate students, published two books and over 400 papers, and gave public lectures at Dyer Observatory. Long before it became popular, Hall pioneered the collaboration between amateur and professional astronomers and was founder and longtime leader of the organization "International Amateur-Professional Photoelectric Photometry". He also served on various committees at Vanderbilt (http://news.vanderbilt.edu/2013/03/douglas-hall-obit/). He is survived by his wife, Mimi Kemp Hall; two sons, Bruce Douglas Hall and Brandon Scott Hall; one sister, Joan Wise and a brother, Thomas H. Hall. Visitation is scheduled for Sunday, March 24th from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., at Marshall-Donnelly-Combs Funeral Home, 201 - 25th Ave. North. Memorial contributions may be made to .


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Published in The Tennessean on Mar. 23, 2013
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