Avery W. Hall, 91, Shore civic leader

September 12, 1990

Avery W. Hall, a Salisbury insurance man and Eastern Shore civic leader who was a former chairman of the commissioners of the Maryland Port Authority, died yesterday at Peninsula General Hospital after a stroke. He was 91.

Services for Mr. Hall will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Asbury United Methodist Church in Salisbury.

In 1955, he was named to the committee that drafted the law establishing the Port Authority, and the next year he was appointed a commissioner. He became chairman of the commission in 1968, holding the position until 1971, when the agency was absorbed by the state Department of Transportation. He then became a member of its board of review.

Mr. Hall was a Republican whose first appointment to the port agency was by a Republican governor, Theodore R. McKeldin, who earlier had named him to the State Roads Commission. But subsequently, Mr. Hall was appointed to state posts by both Democrats and Republicans.

Born in Whaleysville, he was educated in public schools and the Beacom Business College in Salisbury.

In 1925, he started his insurance business.

In 1981, he became honorary chairman of the board of the Avery W. Hall Insurance Agency. He was a former president of the Maryland Association of Insurance Agents.

In his hometown of Salisbury, he was a Red Cross volunteer, chairman of the Wicomico County Welfare Board, on the board of the Wicomico Children's Home, a member of the Incinerator and Sewage Plant Commission and on the board that built the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center.

His community leadership brought him many awards.

He was an honorary member of the Delta Mu Delta business fraternity at Salisbury State and was awarded honorary doctorates by both Salisbury State and Washington College.

Mr. Hall's first wife, the former Mildred Disharoon, died in 1942.

He is survived by his wife, the former Katharine Dodd Downing; four grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to Asbury United Methodist Church or Peninsula General's Critical Care Facility through the Avery W. Hall Memorial Fund of the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore.

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