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Frederick Columbus Hall PhD

Happy Valley, Oregon

Apr 19, 1927 – Dec 5, 2019


April 19, 1927
December 5, 2019
Happy Valley, Oregon


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Neptune Society - Portland Obituary

Frederick Columbus Hall (age 92) died in his home on December 5, 2019. He was born to Nelson Clarence and Carol Conlee Hall on April 19, 1927 in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. He is survived by his spouse of 35 years Ginger Potter-Hall, his two children Wayne F. Hall and Connie A. Hatley, four...

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I felt it was a great honor to meet and learn from Fred. I knew him through work with the Bureau of Land Management where, while retired in the early 2000's, he taught some Ecology and photo point techniques training sessions. He was eager to share knowledge and one to get you thinking and asking ecosystem questions. He also was an honored long time active member of the Society of American Foresters, where he impressed me and many with his professionalism and sharp memory of natural resources...

My name is Jeanette Thompson and Fred was my older cousin but did not see him or his sister (Marcia) much growing up. My mother Ruth Conlee and my Aunt (Carol Conlee) was her sister. In those days not much visiting in person between families. Too far away. ! Did not really know Fred until I met until very late in life. I met Fred and Ginger on their house boat in Oregon.
We had a nice visit.
I was happy to learn of his life which I did not know much about but was very much...

My wife Jeannie and I just a couple of days ago received "The Letter" from Ginger about Fred's passing --- at 92 no less.
We moved to Thorne Bay Alaska almost 39 years ago but still stayed in touch with Fred and Ginger thru many Christmas cards and a phone call here and there.
Fred had a great impact on my early Silviculture years as a new Forester at Rager Ranger Station. Fred came there most every year that we were there to take measurements in his eastern Oregon...

I first met Fred in 1958 while he was serving as an adjunct professor in Range Mgt. I took a range ecology course from him and it was the first time in my 3 years of forestry school that anyone had correlated soils with vegetation growth. He had us out every Saturday digging soil pits in the Palouse. In 1961 he called me while I was on the Payette NF as a forester, and invited me to attend Oregon State studying Range Ecology under Chuck Poulton. Fred was working on his doctorate then. After...

Fred was a strong influence on my early career as a forester with the US Forest Service. His work in plant community classification and in forest & rangeland productivity were innovative, and ground-breaking in many ways. Fred, I still have my GBA slide rule!

Fred's willingness to help a young forester learn about meadow plant identification and ecology in the Three Sisters Wilderness, McKenzie RD, was extremely helpful to me.

I remember talking with Fred when I was n La Grande and Dale [1964-1972] about Pine Mgt I was interested in how fire was a part of Pine Forests. Fred was very good to talk to the Foresters in the field. A great person and a person really interested in forests.
Jim Davidson Dufur OR

In 1973 Fred bucked decades of USFS tradition and hired me (a woman) to do ecological work, which turned into a career full of adventure, challenges and satisfaction. I am so grateful for his friendship and mentoring over the years - he was an innovator ahead of his time, and a champion for good land management. Plus, a very entertaining guy! He truly left a legacy that will outlast us all. Rest in peace, my friend.

Fred was 94 and I Jeanette Jacobson Thompson am 85. So Fred was my first cousin for many years. We were not able to see each other too much as back in those days we all did not do much traveling. His mother and my mother were sisters. It was nice we were able to see him a few times during that time. My husband Max and I were able to visit 5 years ago and so happy we did at the time. Jeanette