Saying Goodbye

Phyllis Hall, wife of WWU board member, passes away

By: Becky St. Clair

Hall had a love for the outdoors and a passion for hiking.

Phyllis Hall, wife of WWU Board of Trustees member Don Hall, passed away on Saturday, October 4, while hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail.  She was 62 years old.

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Hiking was one of the great loves of Hall’s life, and she had been working to complete her goal of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail from Canada to Mexico.  She had completed all of Washington and Oregon, as well as 700 miles of the trail in California. 

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On this particular hike, Hall was doing a 65-mile stretch in the High Sierra near Lake Tahoe.  She and three others were overtaken by a terrible storm, and Hall became separated from the others.  Though she was able to make some emergency shelter, by the time mountain rescue teams located her, she was unconscious and later died.

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In addition to hiking, Hall had other passions in life.  She loved her family, which included her husband, Don, their two children, and four grandchildren.  She also delighted in helping young people through academy and college, something she was doing for several this year.

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Hall and her husband, Don, founded Wellsource, Inc., a health promotion firm that develops health management software and training systems for organizations that provide health and wellness programs for their employees. Wellsource products are used by more than 2,000 hospitals, health plans, government agencies, large corporations, and universities throughout the United States, Canada, and most recently in China.<//font>



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The Halls are also loyal supporters of Walla Walla University.  For many years they have contributed significantly to various student-focused campus initiatives.  The Halls also contributed to WWU’s most recently completed campaign, Faith in the Vision, which resulted in the new administration building and other capital improvements.

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There is a legacy of loyalty to WWU in the Hall family.  Hall’s father, parents-in-law, and children are all alumni of Walla Walla University.  Hall graduated from WWU in 1968 with a degree in home economics.  Don graduated the same year.  Their son, David, graduated in 1993, and their daughter, Heather Tourville, is a 1997 graduate.

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“Mrs. Hall and her family have played an important part in helping Walla Walla University grow in ways that have affected scores of students,” says John McVay, WWU president. “We remember her for her dedication to family, her involvement in community and for her commitment to Seventh-day Adventist education. She will be greatly missed.”

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A graveside service for Hall is planned for Thursday, Oct. 9, at 1 p.m., at Mt. Hope Cemetery in College Place, Wash.  A memorial service will be held at the Pleasant Valley Church in Happy Valley, Ore., at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11.<o:p></o:p><//font><//font>

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