Longtime Vanderbilt Law School professor Donald J. Hall died on Thursday at the age of 69 after battling a lengthy illness.
A native of Waltham, Massachusetts, Hall joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 1970. He retired in 2007.
While at the Nashville university, Hall was selected nine times by the law school student body to receive the school's outstanding teacher award, which was renamed in his honor in 2005.
“Don was revered by his students, and rightly so, as an outstanding teacher and mentor,” said Chris Guthrie, dean of Vanderbilt Law School.
Guthrie continued, “He was an important part of the Vanderbilt Law School experience and contributed greatly to the life of the law school for almost 40 years. I was sorry to see him retire five years ago and am greatly saddened by his death.”
Hall is survived by his wife Nancy, daughters Pamela Sonderman and Kelly Klaaren, a brother and sister and four grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the Hall family requests memorials be directed to Family and Children's Center of Nashville, the Donald J. Hall Scholarship Fund at Vanderbilt School or a charitable organization of the donor's choice.