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
Published in Houston Chronicle on Aug. 14, 2011.