W.D. (Dave) Hall, 93

W.D. (Dave) Hall, 93, of Austin and formerly of Brady, died Thursday, July 5 in Austin. An open visitation is set Sunday from 12 a.m. to 9 a.m. Sunday, July 8 at Cook-Walden Chapel of the Hills in Austin. Funeral services are scheduled at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 10 with burial in Austin Memorial Park. The chapel is located at 9700 Anderson Mill Road in Austin. Born in Brady, the youngest of four children to Joseph Columbus and Rosa Rockett Hall, the family operated a small ranch and a series of small businesses. A professional musician, he played in three different bands’the Brady Municipal Band, the Tarleton College Band and the 142nd Infantry Band as a National Guardman. He played the clarinet and saxophone. Mr. Hall was a cadet and bugler at John Tarleton College before transferring to the University of Texas, where he met his wife, Elizabeth McDonald. He studied journalism at UT. In 1930-31, he was editor of The Daily Texan. Sixty-nine years later, at the 1999 Daily Texan centennial celebration, he was the oldest living former editor. Unable to find a newspaper job during the Depression, he worked as a cowboy and wrote copy unpaid for a radio station owned by his friend, A.J. Ricks. He began his distinguished newspaper career in 1933, becoming a reporter for The Fort Worth Press. He later became the paper’s managing editor. In 1957 the moved to the Pittsburgh Press, where he became the Features and Sunday editor. He worked for the Scripps-Howard Newspapers all of his professional life. In 1970, Mr. Hall and Elizabeth retired to Austin. Survivors include two daughters, Catherine Turner and her husband, Sam, and Elizabeth Harris and her husband, Warwick Wadlington. He was preceded in death by his sidlings and his wife, Elizabeth.

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