John Edward Hall ’37 died on June 20, 2005, in Ruston, Louisiana.
Born on December 10, 1914, in Melrose, MA, he prepared for college at Somerville (MA) High School and the Huntington School in Boston and became a member of Delta Upsilon Fraternity at Bowdoin, which he attended from 1933 to 1935. He then joined the Advance Bag & Paper Company in the Maine town of Howland, with which he moved to Hodge, LA, in 1938. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1945, attaining the rank of staff sergeant and being awarded the Bronze Star Medal as a result of service in China. After the war, he joined the Continental Can Company in Hodge, LA, retiring as production supervisor in 1977. In retirement he worked for many years with the Edmonds Funeral Home in Jonesboro, LA. He was a member of the Jonesboro Methodist Church and returned to Maine each summer for many years. He was married in 1939 to Harriet Woodsum, who died in 1998, and is survived by a brother-in- law, Bernard Baird of Turner; a sister- in-law, Ruth Woodsum of Veazie; two nieces, Diane Woodsum Peva of Surry and Gretchen Decau of Morristown, NJ; and a special friend, Ann Shows of Jonesboro, LA.