HALL, Daniel Manson Passed away peacefully at age 92 after a short illness on November, 22, 2021. Dan grew up in West Newton, MA, attended Newton Schools, Governor Academy in South Byfield, and graduated from Colby College in 1951. He was president of his class and co-captain of the ice hockey team. Following Colby, Dan enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Eritrea, a high security communication base. On his return, Dan began his teaching career at Williamstown High School, MA, teaching history, general science, and business. He earned a Ed. M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, taught history and coached hockey at Hingham High School, and returned to Africa to teach English and history at Chikore Secondary School in Southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe. On his return, Dan joined the faculty of Lynnfield High School, MA, taught for eight years before moving with his wife and three small children to teach in Zambia for two years. After finishing his contract there, he returned to Lynnfield High School. Dan worked summers for the Boston Redevelopment Authority in the South End, and was involved with bringing METCO students from Boston to study at Lynnfield. He later became a member of the METCO Board of Directors and an advisor for American Field Service students. On retirement from Lynnfield High School as head of the Social Studies Department, Dan worked as a counselor at Pine Street Inn, a homeless shelter in the South End, and later at their Long Island location. He worked for 13 years as a Case Manager in a program designed for men in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. After moving to Duxbury in 1997, he served on the Board of Directors for Crossroads for Kids, a summer camp in Duxbury for urban at-risk children, and made several trips to Kyetume, Uganda, to both fund and advise the growth of the school and orphanage of the Uganda Rural Fund. Dan received the President's Volunteer Service Award from President Obama and the Outstanding Educator Award from Colby College. These awards stemmed from Dan engaging his high school students in challenging and thought-provoking concerns beyond the school scene. He believed in helping the less fortunate, and worked his whole life to alleviate human suffering. A celebration of Dan's life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 11, at Pilgrim Church, 404 Washington Street, Duxbury, MA. Donations may be made to Crossroads for Kids, 119 Myrtle Street, Duxbury, MA 02332.
Published by Boston Globe from Nov. 27 to Nov. 28, 2021.
I remember Dan from First Congregational Church in Reading, and my son Michael remembers Mr. Hall at Lynnfield High School. My condolences to Laurie.
December 7, 2021
My teaching experience at Lynnfield was enriched by knowing and laughing with Dan. What a lovely man he was.
December 4, 2021
My condolences to Dan's family and close friends. I worked at Crossroads as a coordinator for you few years. Whenever we had a weekend at Camp Wing with our teens, I enjoyed the days Dan would stop by to greet us and check up on our programming. He would ask about the activities and ask if we needed anything. He was a kind soul who left an impact in many ways.
December 3, 2021
As a C5 Alumni, former Camp Wing camper and staff member, I´ll forever remember Mr. Dan´s visits, where he always greeted and said goodbye with a smile. He spent purposeful time with us and had a genuine interest in who we were as people.
His kindness and care knew no bounds.
I´ll miss him.
December 3, 2021
Mr. Hall was a great guy who was my hockey coach at Lynnfield High School. He took our team to the state hockey tournament both years he was our coach. Not only was he a positive influence on me but looking at all his accomplishments throughout his life he was a great influence on a lot of people. Rest In Peace Mr. Hall.
December 2, 2021
One of my favorite Lynnfield High School faculty members and my favorite coach. More importantly, Mr. Hall truly epitomized "pay it forward" as a human being.
May God rest his soul.
December 2, 2021
Mr. Hall was one of our most favorite teachers - He was always smiling and there to help no matter what you needed. The Class of 1964 was so delighted to have him come to our 50th reunion. He was a "Special Man."
Ronald and Barbara (Morse) Horwood
December 1, 2021
What an exemplary life of service and education.
I remember him as an engaging teacher and the person who helped me get on the tennis team at LHS.