Edward A. Halle, 82, hospital administrator

July 04, 2004|By Childs Walker | Childs Walker,SUN STAFF

Edward A. Halle, a longtime administrator at Johns Hopkins Hospital, died Friday at the hospital of complications from a stroke. The Baltimore native was 82 and lived in Poplar Hill.

Mr. Halle worked at the Hopkins hospital for 23 years, retiring in 1993 as senior vice president for administration. He was known among colleagues as a wit, a master of detail and an institutional historian.

"We've lost a treasure, a devoted member of the Hopkins family, and, for me personally, a dear friend and mentor," said Ronald R. Peterson, president of the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System. "He made Hopkins a better place."

Mr. Halle was especially known for helping plan the acquisition and renovation of Bayview Medical Center.

Born and raised in Baltimore, he graduated from Park School in 1939 and earned a bachelor's degree from the Johns Hopkins University in 1943. His Park School graduation notice described his "overbounding enthusiasm for athletics" and said he was certain to "come out on top."

After college, he entered the Navy, where he served as a lieutenant in the Pacific until 1946.

Upon leaving the service, he supervised several family-owned shoe factories in Baltimore, honing his administrative skills for the next 24 years, until Johns Hopkins Hospital hired him to supervise its outpatient clinic in 1970.

In 1948, Mr. Halle married Ellen Weiler, whom he had known since early childhood. She survives him.

At Hopkins, Mr. Halle came under the wing of Robert Heysell, who later became director and president of the hospital. He became one of Mr. Heysell's closest associates and troubleshooters, said his son, Edward A. Halle Jr. of Upperco.

Even though he spent many days in high-level negotiations, Mr. Halle was just as likely to be found organizing patient and admissions forms, colleagues recalled. "A common sight was Halle, in his trademark bow tie and business suit, walking at a fast clip down a hallway, picking up any stray piece of paper in his path," said a statement issued by hospital officials after Mr. Halle died.

When he retired, colleagues endowed a patient-service prize in his name. The prize is presented to employees who draw written praise from patients for going beyond a normal level of service.

After his retirement, Mr. Halle was active in raising money for the hospital.

He was a member of the Suburban Club, the board at Park School, the advisory board of the Blaustein Pain Treatment Center at Hopkins and the National Council for Johns Hopkins Medicine.

He was an avid tennis competitor who played a match the day before he had the stroke, his son said. He also enjoyed water-skiing at his family's lake house in Maine.

A memorial service is scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday in Hurd Hall at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

In addition to his wife and son, Mr. Halle is survived by another son, James Halle of Greenspring Valley; a daughter, Jan Halle of Chapel Hill, N.C.; and five grandchildren. A son, Michael W. Halle, died in 1993.

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