Ronald A. Hall
Ronald A. Hall passed away peacefully at his home March 19, 2020, with his family at his side. He was born in Washington, D.C., on April 20, 1948, to Isabel and Earl Hall. He was the second of seven children.
The family moved to Portland when he was 2-1/2 years old. He had happy memories of his early years growing up in the kid-filled neighborhood of Ladd's Addition. He attended St. Phillip Neri Grade School, and Central Catholic High School. He went to college at Portland State University (PSU), where he met his wife, and received his degree in Psychology. He later lived in Woodstock.As a young adult he spent time traveling to Mexico, Europe, and India, and as did many of his generation, he questioned old ideas and explored new ones. During that period, he found and began a meditation practice that remained important to him throughout his life.
Ron eventually returned to PSU to earn a Certificate of Public Health; in 1984 he earned a Master's degree in Public Administration, and he went on to enjoy a 35-year career in Environmental Public Health at the State of Oregon. With family encouragement, he followed the call of service to Thailand, Iraq, and Rwanda, providing help in refugee camps through the organization "Public Health International", for which he later served as a member of the Board of Governors.
His interest in world religions began to blossom, too; he became an ardent reader, and very knowledgeable about religious history and religions of the world. Early on he taught a class on the subject at PSU, and his passion for these topics eventually led him to teach many classes in world religions at First Unitarian Church in downtown Portland.
Ron and Sherry married in the mid-seventies, and they had two boys. When he wasn't supplementing the family income by painting houses, he would be at Cub Scout meetings, or coaching one of the kids' baseball and basketball teams. Ron and Sherry sponsored and coached the chess club at Lewis Elementary School for six years. The team, including his sons and a few neighbors, did very well in local and regional competitions.
Ron was an assistant basketball coach for the freshman team at Cleveland High School with his oldest son for seven years, something they both enjoyed greatly. As the children got older, he began to play golf more regularly with friends and even got two holes in one. He continued to play pick-up basketball at PSU, and although he vowed to quit at age 70, he did not. Celebrating an Oregon Ducks Rose Bowl and a Pac-12 basketball title were fond memories of his final months.
Ron is survived by his wife, Sherry, two sons, their spouses, a granddaughter, five siblings, and many in-laws. His older brother George, and his parents Isabel and Earl, preceded him in death.A Celebration of Life will be held when circumstances allow. The family advises that donations may be directed to COVID-19 coronavirus relief.