Albert W. Hall Jr., 81, owned printing company

November 04, 2005

Albert W. Hall Jr., a former printing company owner who collected vintage music recordings, died of heart failure Monday at Baltimore Washington Medical Center. The Jessup resident was 81.

Mr. Hall was born in Newark, N.J., and raised in Washington, where he graduated from high school. He was a longtime member of St. Matthew's Cathedral in Washington, where he sang with the men's choir.

"He sang at President Kennedy's funeral in 1963," said his wife of 19 years, the former Patricia Homann.

Mr. Hall had been a sales representative for Graphics Arts Press in Washington before establishing Albert Hall Printing Co., which produced pamphlets and brochures. It closed when he retired in 1988.

Mr. Hall was an avid collector of records from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, ranging from opera to dance bands and popular music. He also enjoyed reading.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at St. Lawrence the Martyr Roman Catholic Church, on Route 175 at the Baltimore-Washington Parkway in Jessup.

Survivors also include three sons, Albert W. Hall III of Falls Church, Va., David C. Hall of Frederick and Christopher Hall of Beltsville; five daughters, Marian Carroll of Aubrey, Texas, Dolores Hall of Raleigh, N.C., Cecilia Murray of Durham, N.C., Laura Baguio of Port Isabel, Texas, and Susan Nern of Sunset Beach, N.C.; a stepson, Michael D. Homann of Ellicott City; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. His marriage to the former Marian Gardner ended in divorce.

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