Ernest James (Jay) Hall Jr.
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Ernest James (Jay) Hall, Jr., age 78, of The Woodlands, Texas, died July 25, 2011 in Houston after an extended illness. He was born October 18, 1932 in Houston to Ernest James Hall and Mary James (Jamie) Clark Hall.
After serving as an officer in the United States Army, Jay attended the University of Texas in Austin, where he earned his Ph.D. in Psychology in 1963. He was a member of Sigma Xi and The American Psychological Association, and served as a tenured faculty member of the University of Texas: School of Law and the School of Business.
Dr. Hall committed himself to developing new educational techniques and was a pioneer in implementing learning for leaders. In 1962, with assistance from NASA, he created the NASA Moon Survival Task - the original Consensus Decision—Making Exercise—which has been used world-wide and imitated in a variety of formats. In 1967, Dr. Hall founded Teleometrics International, an organizational research & development company committed to the education of business leaders in creating positive organizational cultures. He was instrumental in making dramatic changes at many Fortune 500 companies, and hundreds more organizations around the world, in defining their leadership and corporate culture. His work has been translated into nine languages on five continents, and continues to be used in both the boardroom and classroom today.
In 1972 Dr. Hall was the first in his field to introduce a valid 360-degree feedback assessment for leadership training. Dr. Hall was the author of over 50 psychological tests and learning exercises, and authored six books, including: The Competence Process, Models for Management, Why Some Leaders are Better than Others, and Ponderables.
Jay was passionate about community involvement and served on the founding boards of Interfaith, the Peabody School, The John Cooper School, The Woodlands National Bank, and The Woodlands Hospital (now part of the Memorial Hermann system). He was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing as a member of Champions Golf Club, The Woodlands Country Club, and Augusta Pines. He was also active in St. James Episcopal Church of Conroe and Trinity Episcopal Church of The Woodlands.
Jay is preceded in death by his parents and his daughter Kelly Lane Hall. He is survived by his daughter and caregiver, Allison Turner Hall; his son, Jeffrey Manning Hall and daughter-in-law, Sonja Racko Hall; his grandchildren Brandon Samuel Hall and Grace Marie Hall; and many friends who were dear to his heart.
Memorial services honoring Dr. Hall will be held Saturday, August 27 at 1:00pm at:
Trinity Episcopal Church
3901 S. Panther Creek Dr.
The Woodlands, TX 77381

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Published in Houston Chronicle on Aug. 14, 2011.
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August 15, 2011
Ms. Sullivan - Thank you so much for those recollections! It brings back great memories of my grandmother, and also my dad painting. He stopped doing that for a long, long time - and then picked it up again in 2000 when he painted a portrait of my son Brandon. It hangs in his room today, and is a reminder of the many talents he had.

Dr. Fleming - I have many memories of our family and yours (especially that tree house in Forest Hills). Your golf stories remind me of something Jim Flick once said to my dad: "I just watched you hit one of the worst drives I've ever seen, and now you're going to attempt a shot even Jack Nicklaus wouldn't try?" Jay's response: "Yep."
Jeff Hall
August 14, 2011
You do not know me, but I was the Hall's neighbor when they lived at 607 Walton. At 13 E.J. painted my portrait from my 1st grade picture. I thought of him as an artist. One of my first memories is of his wonderfully sweet mother leaning over my Jr. bed when I was 2. She would smile and say "Are you taking a nap with your eyes open?"
My love and thoughts are with a family of warmth and giving.
Linda Patterson Sullivan
August 14, 2011
Dear Allison and Jeff -

Your Dad's and my life began "together" in 1971 when we moved to Conroe and the faculty of the new UT Medical School at Houston.

I grieve for his leaving...not nearly so much for him (as he now has been released from pain and suffering) but for all of us whose lives are the better for his having been part of them.

I remember so many projects done together; there could be numerous additions to his "vita" from just those and there were many, many more.

He often used "golf" as a metaphor in his writing and thinking. In fact, one of his books, "Executive Trap" was based on just that.

I cannot pick up a golf club today or watch a match or read an article without thinking of our many, many "rounds" together. I never once beat him and...I never got rid of the "voices" which started whispering on the backswing.

Now,even if I could, I wouldn't want to be rid of the "voices" for most certainly there will be Jay's, principal among them. "Are you really sure you should have chosen the club you're holding?" I'd pause - right in the middle of the backswing - and turn to look at him. He'd be grinning just like in his portrait above. "What's the matter Pal, you hearing voices?"

Cheryl and I send our prayers and blessings along with the strong assurance that he now is in a place where there is no more darkness and there are no more tears.


Dr. Jon H. Fleming
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