Guide to the Fred W. Hall Jr. Papers 1940-2012
Collection number: MC 326
Fred W. Hall Jr. was born on Sept. 22, 1920 in Franklin, NH. He graduated from the
University of New Hampshire in 1941. Three days after Pearl Harbor, he was inducted
into the Army and continued to the war’s end in 1945. He served in the 16th
infantry, seeing action in eight campaigns in North Africa, Sicily and France.
After the war, Hall attended the University of Michigan Law School, graduating in
1948. He was a partner for 60 years in the Rochester,
N.H. law firm Cooper, Hall, Whittum & Shillaber, a member of the American Bar
Association, past president of the NH Bar Association, and active in Republican
politics. Hall was elected to the office of solicitor in both Strafford county and
the city of Rochester. He was a charter member of the Rochester Rotary club and the
city’s Citizen of the Year in 2007.
On Sept. 23, 1950 he married Jane Coe Hall '39 and they shared 54 years together
before her death on Sept.28, 2004. They raised three children- Marcella, Susan and
John. Together they established the UNH Coe-Hall Fund for Campus Beautification and
a Dean's Scholarship Fund.
A strong supporter of UNH, Fred served as Director of the UNH Alumni Association and
was a member and Chair of the UNH Board of Trustees (1966-1973). He received the
Alumni Meritorious Service Award and the Alumni Association Profile of Service
Award. Hall House, a student dormitory, was named in his honor. In 1974, UNH
conferred on him an honorary LLD degree. He was a recipient of the UNH Alumni Pettee
Medal and a member of the UNH ROTC Hall of Fame.
In 1982, Fred and Jane visited France and walked on Omaha Beach where he had fought
his way ashore 38 years previously. Hall returned to Normandy for the 60th
anniversary of D-Day in 2004 accompanied by son John, daughter Susan and
daughter-in-law Renee. The group attended a service at the Normandy American
Cemetery and Memorial at Colleville-sur-Mer. For a family that had only learned the
extent of his war experiences from his memoir, the experience was “moving beyond
words,” remembers John. Hall passed away on January 20, 2017 at age 96.
About the Fred W. Hall Jr. Papers
This collection contains the papers and materials pertaining to Fred Hall's military, professional and civil
life, 1940-2012. Included are military documents and correspondence, clippings, publications, photographs
and memorabilia. His mother, Grace Hall, saved the letters he sent home during
WWII, these have been photocopied and arranged in chronological order. In 1997, he
wrote "A Memoir of World War II" detailing his experiences on D-Day in Normandy and
through the end of the war.
This collection is open.
Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions
about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff.
[Identification of item], Fred W. Hall Jr. Papers, 1940-2017, MC 326, Milne
Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham,
Donated by John Hall, April 26, 2017
The material was removed from the original containers (three-ring binders and plastic
sleeves) and placed into archival folders. Original order was maintained within the
folders including notes inserted by a family friend, David Miller.
|Box 1, Folder 1-6||Papers and materials pertaining to his military career, 1941-1966|
|Box 1, Folder 7||Photographs (mostly military)|
|Box 2, Folder 1-4||Papers and materials pertaining to his professional and civil life, 1948-2017|
|Box 2, Folder 5||Recognitions and Awards|
|Box 2, Folder 6-7||Miscellaneous correspondence|
|Box 2, Folder 8||Hall family materials|
|Box 3, Folder ||V-Letters to Home (photocopies), 1942-1945|
|Oversize Box 1|
|Original V-letters to Home, 1942-1945|