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David Hall

David G. Hall III, MD, professor emeritus and longtime chair of the University of Missouri Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health, died peacefully Tuesday, July 20, 2010, at the age of 83. His family will hold services at a later date.

Dr. Hall joined MU in 1958 as an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology. He led the department from 1960 until his retirement in 1987. At the time of his retirement, MU's graduate training program in obstetrics and gynecology was ranked as one of the top four by the National Residency Match Program.

"He was successful in the charge of enhancing the availability of specialists in Missouri throughout his career at MU," said William Griffin, MD, MU professor emeritus of obstetrics and gynecology. He was a student at MU when he met Dr. Hall and remained a close friend and colleague. "He was always totally tuned into his residents, and continued to have great feelings and concern for them."

Dr. Hall was a leader in medical service both in the state of Missouri and while abroad in the military. He got his start in health care at the age of 17 while serving as an enlisted pharmacist mate in the U.S. Naval Reserve at the end of World War II. Dr. Hall attained the rank of colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, serving as a commander and surgeon in the central highlands of South Vietnam.

He thrived as a teacher. Many of Dr. Hall's students and residents would go on to become recognized as educators and leaders in their field. George Huggins, MD, completed medical school at MU in 1963 and remained to complete residency training in obstetrics and gynecology. Dr. Huggins went on to lead the department of obstetrics and gynecology at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Bayview Medical Center, where he had a teaching conference room named in his honor and was presented with the Master Educator Award upon his retirement in 2009.

"We certainly had the benefit of one of the greatest teachers of all time," Huggins said. "His passing doesn't mean his lessons are gone."

Dr. Hall's program encouraged doctors to practice in rural Missouri, and many of his trainees returned to their hometowns, often starting the first obstetrical and gynecological practices in small towns throughout the state.

Memorials are suggested to the David G. Hall Professorship of Obstetrics and Gynecology, MU School of Medicine, 1 Hospital Drive – DC205.00, Columbia, MO, 65212. For more information about contributing to the endowed professorship in Dr. Hall's honor, please contact Neveda Bailey in the development office at or call 573-882-3103 or toll-free at 1-866-260-4517.

A newspaper obituary is available at
MU Health Magazine


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