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WAYNE HALL

 

WAYNE HALL  

Of Washington, DC died on July 3, 2013 of complications from Parkinson's disease. He was 75 years old. Wayne was born in Cleveland, OH and grew up in Cincinnati. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received a Master's Degree in Russian Studies from Harvard University. In school Wayne volunteered as a tour guide at U.S. cultural exchange exhibits in Russia. Wayne spent the bulk of his career working for the U.S. Information Agency where he was on the editorial staff of the U.S.I.A. publication "Problems of Communism". He was the last Editor of Problems of Communism before the magazine ceased publication. He retired from the State Department in 2002. Wayne was fluent in Russian and could speak Mandarin. As an avid contract bridge player he earned the rank Bronze Life Master. Wayne was a patriot who believed that America's best asset in the Cold War was open debate with accurate facts.
He is survived by his wife, Marsha A. Hall; his son, Daniel W. Hall (Margot E. Ackermann) and his brother, J. Parker Hall. A memorial service will be announced.



Published in The Washington Post on Aug. 18, 2013
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