Held Teaching Positions In Four Colleges
SALINE – Dr. Abram Sager Hall, 94, a former science professor in four colleges, died last night at the home of his son, Daniel H. Hall, 6666 Saline-Ann Arbor Rd.
During his academic career he taught at various times at Albion College; St. John’s College, Annapolis, Md.; Goucher College, Baltimore; and Washington College, Chesterton, Md. He served as head of the natural science department at Washington College for 33 years.
Dr. Hall was the third man to receive a doctor of philosophy degree at the University of Michigan. He received the degree in 1878.
In addition to his teaching work he did extensive research for the U. S. government in sugars and textiles in the early 1880’s.
Born in Saline
Dr. Hall was born in Saline on Sept. 19, 1855, in a building now occupied by the Saline Observer. His father was a physician, Dr. Daniel Hall, one of the first graduates of the University Medical School, where he studied under Dr. Abram Sager, noted obstetrician. His mother was the former Samantha Wood.
His family later moved to Pittsford, where his father practiced medicine until 1862. They then returned to Saline and bought a home at 111 N. Ann Arbor St.
After receiving his degree from the University, Dr. Hall taught mathematics and chemistry at Albion College from 1878 to 1880. He turned down an offer to join the University of Michigan faculty after he had accepted the Albion post.
In 1880 he resigned to do research work for the U. S. Department of Agriculture. In 1884 he resumed teaching, this time as a professor of natural science at St. John’s College. He taught there until 1888.
He then went to Goucher College, teaching there until 1893, when he came back to the University of Michigan for more post-graduate work.
Taught in Grand Rapids
From 1894 until 1896 he taught chemistry at Grand Rapids High School. In 1896 he took over the natural science department at Washington College, holding that post until 1927.
His wife, the former Anna May Brady, died in March, 1927. Dr. Hall had lived with his son since 1943.
During the last years of his life, he was busy compiling a complete genealogy of the Hall family. One of his grandsons, Daniel Sager Hall, is a senior in the University’s engineering college.
Dr. Hall was a member of the Saline Methodist Church.
Surviving, besides his son, are two grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11 o’clock Monday afternoon in the Lockwood Funeral Home, Rev. R. S. Hocking officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Friends may call at the residence.
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