Frank R. Hall
1936 - 2020
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August 4, 1936 - December 29, 2020 Frank R. Hall of Sierra Madre, California, passed away on December 29, 2020. Frank was a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, and dedicated advocate for the organizations and profession he held dear. Frank was born on August 4, 1936 in Bakersfield, California and attended the University of Southern California earning a B.S. in Business Administration in 1960. A pioneer and legend in hospital fund raising, he won many awards, among them the 1984 Association for Healthcare Philanthropy - Si Seymour Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001 from the Southern California Association for Hospital Development. He never missed an opportunity to share his knowledge and offer mentorship to countless others in his field. He taught fund raising at UC Irvine (where he was named Professor of the Year), University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Center for Non-Profit Management. He retired from The St. Joseph Health System in Orange, California in June 2010 after over 20 years with the organization. He continued to provide consulting services after he retired. In his career, he consulted more than 100 hospitals and other non-profit organizations and fund development programs under his direction raised more than $400 million in philanthropic support. He also used his experience to develop and support philanthropic organizations in his community. Active in Rotary for his entire adult life, he held offices in each of the clubs he attended & was named Rotarian of the Year in 1986 and 2002. Upon moving to Sierra Madre with his wife Patricia in 1998, Frank began making a difference in his new community. He was a founder of the Sierra Madre Community Foundation, emceed many City events, was a key influence in forming the Sierra Madre Library Foundation. He served on many Boards - Creative Arts Governing Board which he helped form, St. Rita Pastoral Council, Member of the Campaign Cabinet at St. Rita where he helped raise 5 million dollars, Mater Dolorosa, Planned Giving Committee at Methodist Hospital and Chair of the Arcadia Rotary Foundation to name a few. Frank loved to laugh, tell stories, write, and travel. He especially loved travelling the world with his wife Patricia, making countless new friendships along the way. With each new adventure, he'd return home and write out anecdotes and travel tips that he would chronicle in travelogues all of which can be found on his website at www.frankhall.com. Frank is survived by his wife Patricia; his son John Hall (Annabell) of Meridian, Idaho; his daughter, Julie Whitmer (Scott) of Santa Clarita; and his grandson Andrew Whitmer. He was preceded in death by his daughter Janine Hall. Frank was laid to rest at Sierra Madre Pioneer Cemetery on January 6, 2021. A memorial service will follow at a later date. In lieu of flowers, his family would like to suggest a donation to one of the following organizations that Frank loved and supported: Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles City of Hope (Duarte, CA) Thomas Aquinas College (Santa Paula, CA)


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Published in Whittier Daily News on Jan. 10, 2021.
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January 27, 2021
Dear Patricia,
I won't ever forget the lovely evening spent with you and Frank at the Derby restaurant. Frank was a friend, patriot, generous supporter, man of faith, and fellow Trojan fan who will be terribly missed. Heaven surely welcomed Frank home. Please know you are in my prayers.
Cindy Rushing


Cindy Rushing
January 13, 2021
A wonderful professional colleague and a perfect gentleman. He helped lots of organizations and people. He was an outstanding fundraising professional who had a tremendous impact and will be missed.
Charles Heim, FAHP
Friend
January 12, 2021
Frank Hall did not invent fundraising, but he basically wrote the curriculum, taught the vast majority of local fundraisers about ethics and donor rights, and introduced many to storytelling as a wonderful aid. His ready wit and abundant wisdom were precious gifts, and his example of service, excellence and integrity is a shining legacy.
Rest in peace, THE Frank Hall.
Viki Barie
Friend
January 11, 2021
Love and miss you.
Julie Whitmer
Daughter
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