Hubert Hall

Memorial services for Hubert H. “Hub” Hall, 82, Lecompton, KS will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, October 1, 2010 at the Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.  Private inurnment will be at a later date in the Gardner Cemetery in Gardner, KS. .

He died on Saturday, September 25, 2010 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Hall was born on July 29, 1928 in Berkeley, CA, the son of Dr. E. Raymond & Mary Harkey Hall.  His family moved to Lawrence in June 1944. He graduated from Liberty Memorial High School in 1945.  He then attended Kansas University and graduated in 1949 with a degree in geology.  He received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin in1952.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Following graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin, Mr. Hall joined Standard Oil Company of New Jersey (now ExxonMobil) in 1952 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  During his 34 years as a petroleum geologist with Exxon, he explored for oil and gas in many parts of the world.  For the last twenty years with Exxon, he led their exploration in Malaysia, SE USA, the Middle East, North Africa, Ireland, and England.  These assignments resulted in major oil and gas discoveries offshore Malaysia and in the UK North Sea.  He retired in London in October, 1986.  He then returned to Lawrence, moving to rural Lecompton in 1989.
Following his retirement, Mr. Hall was active in local community and university organizations.  He served as Chairman of the KU Geology Advisory Board from 1990 to 1995, and as Chairman of the KU Natural History Museum Board from 1997 until 1999.  He was a member of the KU Chancellors Club and the Outlook Society.  He was a member of the Lecompton United Methodist Church.  He was a life member of the Lecompton Historical Society and the Douglas County Historical Society, and was active in preserving and restoring tall grass prairie and other endangered wildlife habitats.  He and his wife established the Hall Nature Preserve in rural Lecompton through a gift of 116 acres to the KU Endowment Association. 

He married Kathleen McBride on September 3, 1949 in Wichita, KS.  She survives of the home.  Other survivors include two brothers: William J. Hall of Urbana, IL, Benjamin D. Hall, of Bellevue, WA and several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorials in his name to the Lecompton Historical Society or to the Lawrence Humane Society and may be sent in care of the mortuary.

6 Condolences

  1. Sue and Tom Laudon on September 28, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Dear Kathy and Ben:

    We are very sad to learn of Hub’s death. He was a great person. We consider ourselves privileged to have known him.

    With sympathy, Sue and Tom Laudon

  2. Walter H Ziegler on September 29, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Sorry to learn of the death of Hub. An old cohort of the SONJ /Esso Ex days. First met in Geneva-64 and last in Esher UK in 83 ! A long time ago.
    Rest in peace ,Hub and my sincere condolences,

  3. Pat Laudon on September 29, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Hub was a wonderful friend. I hope he and his Labradors are in the happy hunting ground . I like to think that Dick Laudon and his dogs are with Hub.
    Patty Laudon

  4. Alan Warren Jr. on October 4, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Hub Hall was a great man that I was lucky enough to get to know Hub back in 1973. Hub would come by and pick me up(a thirteen year old kid) to go hunting and fishing in the marsh outside of New Orleans — he instilled a love for wildlife that last with me to this day — I have great memories of Hubb that will last the rest of my life.

  5. Cecil and Martha Rix on October 4, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Dear Kathy,

    Emmett Humble sent us this morning the news of Hub’s passing.

    We were so sorry to learn of this and want to send you our sympathy and condolences.

    We have such wonderful memories of our early married and professional life with you and Hub and all the others at Carter Research. He was truly a fine friend, colleague , and a wonderful man in every way.

    Our prayers are with you.

    Our love,

    Cecil and Martha

  6. Cecil Rix on October 7, 2010 at 12:00 am

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