William Sterling Hall

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Dr. William Sterling Hall, 85, of Little Rock, Arkansas passed away, Saturday, December 7, 2019. He was born in Lonoke County, Arkansas to the late Joseph William Hall and Mattie (Brock) Hall. He was a 1951 graduate of Scipio A. Jones High School in North Little Rock, Arkansas. He received A.B. (1957), Roosevelt University, Chicago, Illinois. Ph.D. (1968, March), The University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois Conversations in Clinical Psychology with Victor Lebow, Ph.D., Diplomate‐Clinical Psychology, ABEEPP (1964‐66). Associate Fellow, The Metropolitan Applied Research Center, New York, New York (1967, with Hylan Lewis and Kenneth B. Clark). Postdoctoral Fellow, The American College Testing Program, Iowa City, Iowa, Psychometrics, 1970, with Nancy Cole, Ph. D.). Visiting Scholar, Department of Psychology, Stanford University, Stanford, California (Autumn and Winter Quarters, 1972‐73, with Richard Atkinson). Guest, The Rockefeller University, New York, New York (Spring and Summer Quarters, (1973). Sloan Fellow (Cognitive science),Workshop on Natural Language Processing and Artificial Intelligence, Yale University, 1978. Visiting Scientist, Developmental Laboratory, NIMH, Bethesda, Maryland, July‐December, 1989. Sabbatical Retraining in Comparative Neuroanatomy with Professor Steven E. Brauth, Sensori-neural and Perceptual Processes, Department of Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland (July, 1989–August, 1990). Training in Comparative Neuroscience, Department of Psychology (Program in Integrative Neuroscience, University of Maryland, College Park (1990‐1994). Experience Professor Emeritus, Psychology, The University of Maryland, College Park, 2008; Professor of Psychology, The University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland (1981‐2007); and Chair, Department of Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park (1993‐2006). Co‐Director, Laboratory of Comparative and Functional Neuroanatomy, Department of Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park, 1990‐2007. Affiliate (Professor), Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, The University of Maryland, College Park (1992‐2006). Faculty of The Neuroscience and Cognitive Science Program, University of Maryland, College Park, 1994‐2007. Co‐Director, Center for the Study of Reading, University of Illinois, Champaign‐Urbana, and Bolt, Beranek and Newman, Cambridge, Mass. (1978‐1981). Professor of Psychology and Educational Psychology, University of Illinois, Champaign‐Urbana, 1978‐1981. Visiting Scientist, Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California, 1978‐1979. Co‐Director, Institute for Comparative Human Development and Associate Professor, Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition, The Rockefeller University, New York, New York, 1974‐1978. Adjunct Associate Professor, The Rockefeller University, New York, N.Y. 1973‐1974. Associate Professor of Psychology, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York, 1973‐1974. Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, and Jonathan Dickinson Bicentennial Preceptor, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, 1970‐1973. Visiting Lecturer, Departments of Sociology and Psychology, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, 1969‐1970. Associate Research Psychologist, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey (Robert Linn, Supervisor), 1968‐1970. Instructor to Assistant Professor, New York University, New York, New York, 1966‐1968. Lecturer on Psychology, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois (Summer, 1965). Field Consultant, Program Development for Gifted Children, State of Illinois, 1964. Lecturer on Human Development, Roosevelt University, Chicago, Illinois, 1964‐1966. Lecturer on Psychology, National Louis University, Wilmette, Illinois, 1964‐1966. Psychologist, Central YMCA, Chicago, Illinois, 1962‐1964. Psychologist, The Francis W. Parker School, Chicago, Illinois, 1964‐1966. Research Assistant, Office of Research In Medical Education, College of Medicine, University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois, 1960‐1961. United States Army, Counter Intelligence Corp, 1957‐1959 (Active Duty), 1959‐1961 (Active Reservist), and 1961‐1963 (Inactive Reservist). Psychometrist, Institute for Psychological Services, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois, 1956‐1957. He has published extensively on language and cognitive development in such journals as Developmental Psychology, Human Development, Discourse Processes, Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, and Language and Society. He is co-author of three books and three special issues of journals. He was listed as a noteworthy psychology educator by Marquis Who's Who, 2007. He was a faithful member of the Episcopal Church. He had served as head usher at St. Thomas in Church (New York City) and was a member of the Church of St. Paul, K Street, Washington, D.C. In recent years, he attended Christ Episcopal Church (Little Rock, Arkansas), where he was well beloved. He became a member of the Order of St. John in 2004 in an investiture at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. The order is an ancient charity, and he always proudly wore its pin. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Joseph Hall and Mattie (Brock) Hall; brother, Joseph Lesley Hall of Chicago, Illinois; sister, Bessie Ruth Hall Perry, Little Rock, Arkansas; nephews, James Vincent Hall, Charles Edward Hall, Little Rock, Arkansas, and Richard Hall, Chicago, Illinois. He leaves to cherish his memories: nephew, J. Benjamin Hall (Gwen), Little Rock, Arkansas; nieces, Patricia Hall Rasul, Maumelle, Arkansas; Harriett Perry Redmon, Little Rock, Arkansas; Shirley Hall Watson, Los Angeles, California; Cheryl Hall Williams, Little Rock, Arkansas; great nieces, Monita Mungo (Will), Bellevue, Michigan; Monique Hall, Atlanta, Georgia; Angelique Hall, Victoria Hall, Jacqueline McMillan, Little Rock, Arkansas; Staci Croom-Raley (Brian) Maumelle, Arkansas; Zakiyyah Rasul, Mayflower, Arkansas; Ronisha Redman, LaKia Hall-Smith (Cory), Kierra Williams, Junji Williams, Little Rock, Arkansas; great nephews, Alvin Hollis Hall, James McMillan, Karim, Mikal, and Naeem Rasul, Little Rock, Arkansas; cousin, John Allen Brown (Christine); and a host of other relatives and special friends, Phillip Bryant, Cary Crawford, John Grant, William Jones, Owen McMullen and Walter Nelson. Funeral services will be held Friday, December 13, 2019 at 10 a.m. at Allison Memorial Presbyterian Church, 922 Wright Avenue, Little Rock, Arkansas 72206 with Pastor Marion Humphrey, officiating. Interment: Arkansas State Veteran's Cemetery, 1501 Maryland Avenue, North Little Rock, Arkansas. Professional services entrusted to Arms of Peace Funeral Home, P.O. 166486, Little Rock, Arkansas 72216, (501) 377-2767.

Published December 12, 2019

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