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William M. Hall
William M. Hall

Dr. William M. "Billy" Hall, a gynecologist and obstetrician who was the first African-American to head the staff of the old Lutheran Hospital, died of congestive heart failure Jan. 18 at his Columbus, Ohio, home The former Ashburton resident was 88. During his career, he delivered nearly 6,000 babies, including a child he delivered during the August 1963 March on Washington. Born in Detroit and raised in Baltimore, he was the son of Albert G. Hall and Eunice Berry Hall. He was a 1943 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School and was a reunion chairman for his class. He earned a bachelor's degree at Lincoln University, where he played basketball and competed at the old...