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1924 - 2013
DeKALB – Hallie J. Hamilton, 89, of DeKalb died Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, at home.

Born Jan. 19, 1924, in Bridgeport, the son of Hallie L. and Mary L. (Little) Hamilton, Hallie married Floann M. Moseley on Aug. 18, 1956, in West Frankfort. They moved to DeKalb from Joliet in 1958.

A 1942 Bridgeport High School graduate, his start at Franklin (Indiana) College in 1942 was interrupted by World War II. He graduated from Franklin in 1949 with honors and a Bachelor of Arts. He also had earned letters in football (4) and track (3), and served as track captain his senior year. His major subject was journalism.

Hallie served in the U.S. Army infantry from 1943 to '46. He became a basic training instructor, a platoon sergeant and a provost sergeant. He served 14 months in Italy.

He graduated from Northwestern University in 1951 with is Master of Science in Journalism and in 1968; he earned his Ed.D in Higher Education and Journalism from Indiana University.

Before coming to DeKalb, Hallie worked for newspapers in Indiana, Illinois and Missouri, and as an industrial journalist in Ottumwa, Iowa, and Joliet. He was an Eagle Scout and was Scout master for troops in three different towns. While in Joliet, he was selected Outstanding Young Man in 1957 by the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce.

Hallie joined Northern Illinois University in 1958 as an instructor in regional services, an early name for public relations. In 1960, he became a part of the newly formed Journalism Department. He was promoted to assistant professor in 1963, to associate in 1968, and to full professor in 1980; he retired in 1991. He was awarded the Excellence in Teaching award from NIU in 1971 and was inducted into the Northern Star Hall of Fame in 2001.

He was a member of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, NIU Annuitants Association, DeKalb Airport Board and Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He was a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, served on boards for Opportunity House and United Campus Ministry and was active in a number of student and professional journalistic organizations. He also served on various committees at First Congregational Church, Hillcrest Covenant Church, and later at Mayfield Congregational Church. He drove for MedVac for Voluntary Action Center and was an active member of the Kishwaukee Hospital Auxiliary.

He is survived by his wife, Floann; daughter, Kim (Jim) Shine, of Evergreen Park; sons, Bret H. (Ann), of DeKalb and Kord J. (Tom Colletta), of San Francisco; grandchildren, Nick and Kelly Shine, and Grace, Zoë and Eli Hamilton; and a brother, John R. (Carol), of Lawrenceville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hallie L. and Mary L.; brothers, Harry L. and Don G. (Betty); and sister, Jane Reisinger.

The memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, at Mayfield Congregational Church, 28405 Church Road, Sycamore, with the Rev. Dr. Martha Brunell officiating.

Memorial visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb. Cremation is by Anderson Funeral Home Crematory.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Hallie J. Hamilton Memorial Fund, sent in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 S. Fourth St., DeKalb.

For information, visit www.andersonfuneralhomeltd.com or call 815-756-1022.

To sign the online guest book, visit www.legacy.com/daily-chronicle.
Published in Daily Chronicle on Dec. 20, 2013
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