Robert Hall
1943 - 2021
Robert Hall
June 15, 1943 - September 15, 2021
Olympia, Washington - Robert (Rob) Christopher Hall lost his battle with gastric cancer on September 15, 2021. Born in 1943, the mold was clearly thrown away when Rob came into this world.
Rob lived in Olympia since 1959, when his parents Dr. Robert P. and Virginia Louise (Lu) Hall moved to Olympia from Sunnyside, WA. Rob enjoyed growing up in the lower Yakima valley – raising cows, picking strawberries, cutting asparagus, building climbing ropes, and playing near the Roza Canal (a forbidden hobby). He also spent a great deal of time in western Montana with his beloved grandmother, Elma Mae Fike, who raised Saddlebred horses. He loved riding in the hills adjacent to the Bitterroot Mountains.
Rob was a good athlete. He played basketball for the Olympia High School Bears, and went to the state championships, where they unfortunately lost. He spent one semester at Whitman College in Walla Walla, and after running away with the second term's tuition money, he spent several months selling magazines in the Hawaiian Islands. He always tanned easily, so he fit right in.
He then went to the University of Washington. There, he got a BA and MA in History. He was a teaching assistant for Professor Giovanni Costigan and accompanied him and several classes to England. He also was a founding member of the UW Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). His education continued with attending the University of Kent in England where he earned his PhD.
Rob settled in Olympia, WA and essentially took up politics – Democratic, of course. He was very active in numerous campaigns and was known for his unique sign work, which is clearly against the law today. He worked for the Employment Security Department, the House of Representatives and the Department of Social and Health Services.
He had many hobbies: foremost reading (the house is filled with thousands of books), chess, guitar, pool, gardening, poker, and writing.
He is survived by his wife Yona Makowski, his two children, Liz and Bobby Hall, sister Gemma Medeiros, and several sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews.
We plan to have a memorial/celebration of life at a later date – stay tuned. If you'd like to make a charitable donation in his name, please consider the Thurston County Food Bank.

Published by The Olympian on Sep. 19, 2021.
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I studied in England in the late 60's with Dr. Costigan where I first met Rob. Had lots of discussions with him over the months we were there over pints. History was one of my majors at the UW, and I took all the classes I could with Dr. Costigan, deepening the acquaintance I had with Rob. Later, after becoming an attorney, I'd see Rob, though rarely, at the Eastside Club. He was always a spirited and illuminating conversationalist, with a deep knowledge on so many diverse topics.
John Lynch
September 20, 2021
I´m sorry to hear of Rob´s passing. I did not know him well, but remember him as a bright, handsome, kind classmate.
Bonnie Steussy
September 19, 2021
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