Dr. Timothy C. Hall, Senior Distinguished Professor of Biology and Director of the Institute for Developmental and Molecular Biology at Texas A&M University, passed away on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at the age of 78. His life will be celebrated and honored at 10 a.m. April, 2, 2016, at the Biomedical Science Building East (BSBE) Room 115, on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral Home and Crematory.
Tim was born in Darlington, England, and he spent much of his youth traipsing across the Yorkshire Dales exploring the local flora and fauna. He often attended evening lectures organized by the Royal Society, taking in the trailblazing insights of Sir Lawrence Bragg, Francis Crick, Jim Watson and other luminaries that encouraged and expanded his scientific interests. After high school Tim flew fighter jets for the Royal Air Force for a few years in England and Canada. His meritorious service and skill was rewarded with the Sword of Honour for being the top pilot in his class. Following his service in the RAF, Tim enrolled in the University of Nottingham, where he earned his B.Sc. degree in botany (first class, with honors) in 1962 and his Ph.D. in plant physiology in 1965. He then moved to the United States, and after a one-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Minnesota-St. Paul, he accepted a faculty position at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. During his 16 years in the Department of Horticulture at Madison, Tim became one of the founders of the field of plant molecular biology.
Texas A&M University hired Tim away from Wisconsin in 1984 to become head of the biology department. Tim’s move to Texas was noticed throughout his field, and his arrival gave the Department of Biology and the entire campus instant credibility in molecular biology and biotechnology. His Herculean efforts to improve the life science research enterprise created benefits across the campus.
After stepping down as department head in 1992, Tim devoted much of his time to research, earning the prestigious JoAnn Treat Award for Research in 2010. He also enjoyed sharing his passion for plants by teaching BIOL 101: Introductory Botany to 150 students each fall. Although Tim earned many national and international accolades during his career, he considered his 2004 Professor-of-the-Semester Award from the Chi Omega Sorority one of his most treasured honors.
Tim was an integral part of the Department of Biology at Texas A&M University for over 31 years, and although he built an amazing scientific, educational, and administrative legacy that will last through the ages, he will be missed as a wonderful colleague, mentor and friend.
Tim was preceded in death by his first wife, Sandra. Tim is survived by his three children, Anna Hall Owen (’89), of Canon City, Co., Liza Bryony Boone and her husband Roger, of San Marcos, and Peter Hall (‘93) and his wife Beth, of Haslet; five grandchildren, Michael Hall Owen, twins Lance Boone (’16) and Colin Boone (’16), Madeline Hall, and Miles Hall; and seven great-grandchildren, Gabriel, Lauren, Trystyn, Gryffyn, Destyn, Victoria, and Raeleigh; and his wife Sunee.
The Hall family would like to thank the physicians, nurses, and staff of St. Joseph’s Critical Care Unit for making Tim’s last few days peaceful.
Dr. Timothy Hall’s remarkable life will be celebrated on Saturday, April 2 at 10:00 am in Biological Sciences Building East (BSBE) room 115. Texas A&M University.
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In lieu of flowers or other offerings, his family has requested that donations be made to the Timothy Hall Memorial Fund, which will benefit the Department of Biology that he loved so much, in care of the Texas A&M Foundation, 401 George Bush Drive, College Station, Texas 77840-2811. Cards, letters and other written forms of condolences may be addressed to the Timothy C. Hall Family in care of the Department of Biology, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas 77843-3258.
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