July 28, 1929 - April 19, 2013
Jack Huett Hall, M.D., was born July 28, 1929, in Kokomo the “City of Firsts.” He was the son of Gladys and Sidney G. Hall Sr. He passed away Friday, April 19, 2013, in Indianapolis.
Jack started as a less-than-stellar student but was always an enthusiastic learner. He showed early promise by serving as the Kokomo Student Safety Patrol Accident Prevention officer in the seventh grade before graduating from Kokomo High School in 1947. Jack went on to Indiana University where he earned his undergraduate degree in psychology in 1952. Jack decided in grade school to strive for a career in medicine, because of his admiration of his family physician. He graduated from IU School of Medicine in 1956, realizing that dream.
Between 1956 and 1960, Jack’s graduate education appointments included a rotating internship at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, a fellowship of medicine at the Harvard Medical School at New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston, Mass., a teaching fellowship in medicine at Harvard Medical School while also serving as a resident in cardiology at the West Roxbury Veterans Administration Hospital, and lastly a chief medical residency back at Methodist Hospital of Indianapolis.
He was a lifelong committed learner and educator. He was the director of medical education at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis from 1960 to 1980. Additionally, he was a clinical professor of medicine at IU School of Medicine, and between 1970 and 1980, he was an assistant dean of IU School of Medicine. He loved teaching at all levels, from teaching sophomore medical students how to take history and physicals to training aspiring cardiologists. Later in life, he mentored senior high school students striving to become first-generation college graduates. He shaped medical education not only in Indiana but also internationally as the past president and chairman of the board of trustees of the Educational Council for Foreign Medical Graduates. In 1985, he was proud to serve on the Commission for the Future of Butler University and he was a founding member for the Governor’s Commission for Medical Education. In 1969, he took great pride in establishing the second fully accredited family medicine residency in the United States. In 1981, he received the American Academy of Family Physicians’ highest meritorious service award. His love of teaching was matched only by his love of caring for patients.
Jack was a 50-year member of the Indianapolis Medical Society, the past president of Marion County Heart Association, the past president of American Heart Association, Indiana Affiliate, and the chairman of the government relations committee of the American College of Cardiology. He was a pioneer in preventive medicine. Starting in the 1960s, before it was common practice, he preached and practiced smoking cessation, diet and exercise. He was the founding president for the Society of Prospective Medicine and he coauthored two books on preventive medicine. He was a contributing editor of three additional books and coauthor of numerous articles, including publications in The New England Journal of Medicine. He was a founding member of American Health Network. He was twice named a Sagamore of the Wabash and was the recipient of numerous other awards and honors too many to mention here.
He provided civic leadership by serving as a commissioner of public works in Marion County and a commissioner on the board of the Metropolitan Planning Committee in Indianapolis. He was on the board of advisors for the Children’s Museum and medical director of the 500 Festival Mini Marathon. He proudly served his country in the National Guard and retired with the rank of captain.
Jack loved Indiana, fishing, attempting to sail upright, ice cream and traveling. At the age of 81 he completed his quest of visiting each of the 50 states. He never met a stranger and would give you the shirt off his back. He made friends and kept them for life. He was a modern-day Renaissance man, who never lost his common touch.
Jack had a special relationship with his family. His pride and joy were his grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Donna Lou Hall, and his brother, Sidney G. Hall Jr.
Survivors include his children and their families, Pamela Hall Gaither, R.N. (James Gaither, M.D.), Paula A. Hall, M.D. (Michael Raymond and their children Michael A. Raymond and Jennifer and Jarrett Carrico-Habel), and Jack J. Hall, M.D. (Donna Hall and their family, Jack David Hall, Zachary Hall, Melissa Jines, Melanie Gigowski, Josh Stolarz, and Brittany Fleetwood). Additionally, he is survived by his sister, Noranette Lear; sister-in-law, Julia Hall (Bob Stroup); numerous nieces and nephews; and dear friend Dorothy Faussett.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. today and funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Flanner and Buchanan – Lawrence, 5215 N. Shadeland Ave, Indianapolis. Burial will follow at Crown Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Indianapolis Medical Society Foundation Jack H. Hall, M.D., Scholarship or the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana Foundation. Friends are invited to sign an online guest book or share a memory at www.flannerbuchanan.com.