Thomas H. Hall
Thomas H. Hall

NOTTINGHAM - Thomas H. Hall, 71, of Nottingham, passed away on November 14, 2013 at the Hyder House in Dover.

He was born in Rochester on September 30, 1942, the son of George and Alice (Dickie) Hall. He attended Winnecunnet High School and was a graduate of Bates College, Class of 1964 where he excelled on the debating team. He was an educator and taught Head Start in Kingston; Kingsley Hall, a prep school in North Egremont, Mass.; and history and English for 14 years at Whittier Regional Voc Tech in Haverhill, Mass. After leaving teaching in 1987, he owned and operated Cinematheque in Portsmouth, a video rental business specializing in foreign, classic and indie films. After Cinematheque closed, he was an antiques dealer and freelance feature writer for the Portsmouth Herald, where he wrote a weekly antiques column, and for other publications. After that he worked for Measured Progress in Dover until his eyesight failed and he became legally blind.

He never stopped teaching history, whether from the stage or at sessions. He was recognized by the N.H. State Council on the Arts as a Folk Community Scholar. He led the weekly Press Room traditional folk session for over 30 years, and the monthly sea music sing-around for 11 years. He had been an organizer of the Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival since 2005 and a participant in the festival for 14 years. He had also been on the Board of the Indian Neck Folk Festival and had helped organize the two Great Bay Folklife Festivals in the early 1990s.

He is survived by Linn Schulz, his wife of over 31 years, and his cousin Alberta Felch of Hampton.

A celebration of life is scheduled for after the holidays. Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium is in charge of arrangements. For more information or to view an online Tribute, go to

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Published by Foster's Daily Democrat from Nov. 24 to Nov. 27, 2013.
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Tom was a great guy, the first friend I made when I moved to Portsmouth. He was a scholar, a storyteller, and a wonderful musician. Sorry for your loss Linn.
Jack McEnany
November 25, 2013
We are saddened by your loss, Linn.
Bruce & Linda Coburn
November 24, 2013
What a loss to the music community in Portsmouth. For years, Tom was a fixture on Friday nights at the Press Room because of his love of traditional music. I first met Tom when I was putting together the Great Bay Festival as a part of my Master's degree. He stepped in and pulled it off. He was a true Renaissance man. It was an honor knowing him and even higher honor performing with him. May he rest in peace.
Bruce May
November 24, 2013
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