Harold Hershey Hall, age 80, of Fulton, S.D. died Saturday Oct. 30, at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital after suffering a massive cerebral hemorrhage. A celebration of life visitation will be from 7-9 p.m. Monday at the Will Funeral Chapel.

He was born in Kinsman, Ohio on July 18, 1924 to Emory and Ethel (Hershey) Hall.

When he was 3 the family moved to Parker, S.D. He graduated from Parker High School in 1942. He served in the Army Air Corps from 1943 till 1946. He graduated from South Dakota State University in 1948, received a master's degree in physics from the University of Oregon in 1949 and a doctorate in physics from the University of Wisconsin in 1952.

After a postdoctoral appointment at the University of California Lawrence Berkley Laboratory, he was a senior scientist at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory in the design of thermonuclear weapons. His next position was senior scientist in aerospace systems at Lockheed Missile Systems. He was at Aeronutronic Division of Ford Motor Co. for 14 years ending as Director of Research and Advanced Development. He was Chief Scientist for counter-insurgency at the Advance Research Projects Agency of the Department of Defense, President of HRB Singer, and a Vice President of Xerox for 14 years at Palo Alto Research Center. His service in senior management at PARC covered the period in which PARC created the concept of the personal computer and turned it into reality.

He served for six years on the Board of Trustees of University Research Associates, which manages Fermilab, the world's largest particle accelerator. He was a member of the Commission on Government Procurement 1970-1971. He served as an associate of the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable from 1984-1991. He served for several years on the board of the South Dakota State University Foundation.

Deeply alarmed by presidential statements about "winning thermonuclear war," he served actively with Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) for a decade until the dangerous doctrine began to fade. In 1983 he co-chaired a large PSR symposium on prevention of thermonuclear war at Stanford University.

He is listed in Who's Who in America, American Men and Women of Science, and Standard and Poor's Register of Corporations Directors and Executives.

South Dakota State University honored him in the following ways. In 1979 he was named a Distinguished Alumnus; in 1988 a Distinguished Engineer; and in 1990 he was awarded an Honorary Degree, Doctor of Science.

In 1948 he married LaVon Doner. He is survived by his wife, a daughter, Dr. Kathryn Hall of Lindsay; four sons, Dr. Bruce Hall of Visalia, Harold Hall II of San Jose, Calif., Dr Jonathan Hall of Fremont, Calif. and Dr. David Hall of Keene, N.H.; 13 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren; as sister, Beverly Middleton of Madison, WI; four brothers, Emory of Lancaster, Calif., Donald of Temecula, Calif., Rodney of Mitchell, S.D., Courtney of Fulton, S.D., and thirteen nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a three year old brother, Laverne.  

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the SDSU Foundation of Harold H. and LaVon D. Hall Scholarship Fund.

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