Donald Penn Hall Sr., principal

Veteran educator was a principal for 22 years

  • Donald Hall Sr.
Donald Hall Sr.
May 13, 2011|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Donald Penn Hall Sr., a longtime Howard County elementary school principal who was an active member of Crossroads Church of the Nazarene, died May 6 of cardiomyopathy at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson.

The Sykesville resident was 75.

The son of a postal worker and a homemaker, Mr. Hall was born and raised in Danville, Va., where he graduated in 1952 from Danville High School.

He was a 1955 graduate of Holmes Bible College in Greenville, S.C., and earned a bachelor's degree in education in 1967 from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Mr. Hall earned a master's degree in 1971 in education, and a second master's degree in 1975 in educational administration and supervision, both from the Johns Hopkins University.

He taught for two years in Anne Arundel County public schools before becoming a teacher in city public schools in 1957.

In 1969, Mr. Hall became principal of Savage Elementary School. He also served as principal of Ellicott City, Worthington, Lafayette and Atholton elementary schools and of Lisbon Elementary School, from which he retired in 1992.

From 1992 to 1997, he was an administrator at Liberty Christian School in Owings Mills, and was supervisor of student teachers at Towson University for 15 years.

For the past 25 years, Mr. Hall was an active member of Crossroads Church of the Nazarene in Ellicott City, where he had been Sunday school superintendent, an adult Sunday school teacher and an usher.

For a decade, Mr. Hall coordinated the Men's Weekly Visitation Program that visited the sick and homebound every Tuesday.

He was an avid Ravens and Orioles fan.

Services were held Monday at his church.

Surviving are his wife of 55 years, the former Euline Stanton; two sons, Anthony Keith Hall of Sykesville and Dr. Donald Hall Jr. of Leesburg, Va.; a sister, Gloria Smith of Roanoke, Va.; and three grandchildren.

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