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Remembering T. Hartley Hall, fifth president of UPSem


President Emeritus T. Hartley Hall IV (M.Div.’57) died Thursday, August 18 in Asheville, North Carolina. Dr. Hall served as the fifth president of Union Presbyterian Seminary (then Union Theological Seminary) from 1981-1994.

“Hartley Hall’s contributions to church, country, and theological education are significant and enduring,” said current Union Presbyterian Seminary President Brian K. Blount.  “He was a uniquely gifted leader who made a lasting impression on everyone who had the chance to know him. He will be remembered fondly and gratefully throughout the family of Union Presbyterian Seminary.”

Hall was a native of Macon, Georgia. He entered Davidson College in 1947, where he served as an ROTC commanding officer and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and the Omicron Delta Kappa leadership fraternity. He graduated from Davidson cum laude in 1951.

Shortly after, Hall served in the U.S. Army from 1951-1953 where he received a battlefield promotion to first lieutenant in Korea. He served as company commander and headquarters commandant of the 32nd Infantry Regiment and was decorated with the Silver Star and the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster.

In 1954, Hall entered Union Theological Seminary as a student. He graduated cum laude in 1957 with the Bachelor of Divinity degree. Ordained by East Hanover Presbytery in 1957, he graduated from Yale Divinity School in 1958 with the Master of Sacred Theology degree in New Testament Studies. While at Yale he served as assistant pastor of First Congregational Church, Branford, Connecticut, and later as interim pastor.

Hall has served as a campus Christian life minister in Raleigh, North Carolina; as Presbyterian chaplain at North Carolina State University; pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Lenoir, North Carolina; and pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Tyler, Texas. Prior to assuming the presidency at Union, he served as the pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Nashville, Tennessee, from 1973-1981.

He is survived by his four children and  their grandchildren.

Services to celebrate the life of T. Hartley Hall, IV will be held on Saturday, August 27 at 2 pm at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 789 Merrimon Ave, Asheville, NC 28804.