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Raymond Hall, 1949-2018

Monday, July 29, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jessica Turner

By Gregory Hansen — 

Raymond Hall was born on March 18, 1949 in Indianapolis. His 70-year life was packed with amazing experiences and an infectious zest for living adventures and then sharing them with his own vivid skills as a master raconteur and teacher. Following his service in the 173rd Airborne, during the Vietnam War, Raymond went on to serve in a variety of careers, including work as an English and Spanish teacher, master diver, underwater archaeologist, deep-sea fisherman, and university professor – just to name a few of his many and varied endeavors. He taught at a number of universities before retiring from Central Washington University, where he retired on April 1, 2018. He died less than one week later.

Professor Hall was committed to diversity and inclusion at Central and often committed money, time and energy to make the campus a safe and comfortable place for students.  He was an advisor for Brother 2 Brother and had an end-of-the year barbecue that students often comment made them feel like they were at home. He was a master storyteller and often told stories about his life, from segregation to Vietnam, to the shores of Mexico where he was a deep-sea fisherman and later became a Master Diver and Underwater Archaeologist.

Raymond was loved by his students who traveled on study abroad trips to his second home of Veracruz and who he often spoke kindly about their brilliance and ability to change the world. Among is publications is his fine book titled.  An Ethnographic Study of Afro-Mexicans in Mexico's Gulf Coast.

He is survived by his wife Diane Fishel-Hall and two sons, Raymond Jr. and John James.


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