This article was posted by Frank Warren at UFO Chronicles, and is reprinted here with permission. The original article can be found here:
The Death of Richard Hall
By Frank Warren
It is with great sadness today that I report the passing of one of Ufology’s icons; Richard (Dick) Hall succumbed to Cancer this morning, he was 78 years old.
Dick was born on December 25, 1930, in Hartford, Connecticut; in 1949, realizing that war was forthcoming, he spent two years with the newly borne Air Force, followed by six years in the Air Force Reserve.
After his service he took odd jobs and moved around a bit, until landing at Tulane University, (New Orleans) in 1954. He initially majored in mathematics and then switched to philosophy.
The hub-bub about Flying Saucers in the early 50's got Dick's attention, and he joined the then recently formed NICAP organization. He would become life long friends with its Director, and another UFO icon, Donald E. Keyhoe.
In 1993 through 1998 Dick would serve as Chairman of the Fund for UFO Research; he was prolific writer, who authored a few books, some which are considered hallmarks to Ufological research, e.g., UFO Evidence, The UFO Evidence, Volume II: A Thirty-year Report, Uninvited Guests with his latest endeavor being The Journal of UFO History, a monthly periodical detailing the annals of Ufology.
I can say with great authority that many of us held Dick Hall in the highest esteem; his shoes cannot be filled, however, his life's contribution to Ufology will be a permanent record, a fitting legacy for us all.