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Dale Emerson Hall
Dale Emerson HallMusicNotesDale Emerson Hall passed away on September 15, 2023 in Sharpsburg, Georgia.

He was born in Delaware on October 4, 1937. His father Charles Edgar "Ted" Hall was a farmer; his mother Carrie Mae (Hickok) Hall was a music teacher. He was valedictorian of his high school graduating class at Leesburg-Magnetic High School in 1955. He received his B.S. from Ohio Northern University in 1959 in Pharmacy and worked as a pharmacist in Delaware, Marysville and Columbus, Ohio while pursuing music studies from 1961 to 1974.

Dale received a Bachelor of Music from Oberlin College in 1961 where he majored in piano performance. Then followed two graduate degrees from The Ohio State University; an M.A. in Piano Pedagogy in 1964 and a Ph.D. in 1973 for his dissertation. He spent 1967-68 working on his dissertation in Germany and Italy.

He taught musicology/music history at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa from 1974 to 1999. He published numerous scholarly articles about Renaissance music and music in Hawai’i. He received on IREX (International Research Exchanges Board) fellowship in support of his sabbatical year 1980-1981, spent mainly in Gdansk, Poland working on a Renaissance topic. In 2002 his book The Honolulu Symphony; A Century of Music (Honolulu: Goodale Publishing) was published. He and his colleague Allen Trubitt collaborated on a performing edition of six violincello sonatas.

Dale was a virtuoso pianist. He was able to improvise versions of American popular tunes at the piano. He also performed as a classical pianist, giving three piano recitals while at the University of Hawai’i. He received a Presidential Citation for Meritorious Teaching at UHM in 1992.
He published humorous articles in Classic Car magazine and Honolulu Magazine. He wrote both words and music of a pidgin English song, “No Mo’ Christmas Blues”, recorded by Hawaiian comic and singer Frank de Lima and the Honolulu Boy Choir. The song sold over 100,000 copies.

Dale was a member of the Parish of St. Clements Episcopal Church in Honolulu for many years. He sang in the choir, taught Bible studies and helped with various service projects like the soup kitchen in downtown Honolulu.
He also delivered Meals on Wheels. His faith was strong and he was an example of the Golden Rule.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents. He moved to Georgia in 2017, and has been living with his sister, Sharon Hall Tanner. He is also survived by a niece, Laura Fuchs (Mike) and nephew, Scott Tanner (Sandra), and three great-nieces and one great-nephew also from Georgia.

Funeral Services celebrating Dale's Life will be held Saturday April 6, 2024 at 12 noon at the Richwood First Methodist Church. Pastor Joseph Rhea will officiate. Friends may call one hour prior to the service beginning at 11:00 am at the church in Richwood. Private burial will take place in the Fairview Cemetery near Ostrander.

The Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballinger.com

Directions to Fairview Cemetery near Ostrander

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#1 from: Janet Dysert
Wed, Sep 20, 2023 at 3:54 PM

Sharon my condolences to you and your family. What an interesting life Dale had. Take care.

#2 from: Dan and Darlene Foos
Richwood, Ohio
Wed, Sep 20, 2023 at 11:35 PM

Sharon we send you our deepest sympathy.   Dale was lucky to have you for his caring sister.   I have considered your parents, Dale, and you very good friends for many years.  May God Bless You and Comfort You now and in the future! Dan and Darlene Foos

#3 from: Kathryn Kay Bishop
Thu, Sep 21, 2023 at 10:29 PM

Sharon, I send you and your family my condolences.  I thought I knew Dale well, but his obituary is very enlightening on his remarkable talents and career. I fondly remember many musical evenings of singing, piano music, and accordion playing.  I am thankful you had these past six years to live together and reminisce of times past.  Dale was very fortunate to have you as his loving caretaker.  We can rejoice for his life well-lived and his homegoing to his Lord. May our God of all comfort be your comfort today and in the days to come.  

#4 from: Pat Krebehenne
Sat, Sep 30, 2023 at 12:55 PM

Sharon. So sorry to hear of Dale's passing. What a wonderful life he had. So many amazing accomplishments. Lots of good memories of time spent at your house when we were young. Hope to see you if you come for a service. Love and prayers are with you.

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