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Nancy H. Hall, speech pathologist and audiologist

Nancy H. Hall was a speech pathologist and audiologist and docent at the Walters Art Museum.
Nancy H. Hall was a speech pathologist and audiologist and docent at the Walters Art Museum. (Baltimore Sun)

Nancy H. Hall, a retired speech pathologist and audiologist who was a docent at the Walters Art Museum for more than 25 years, died April 19 at Symphony Manor assisted living in Roland Park of vascular dementia. She was 80.

The daughter of Raymond Morgan Harrison, a Baltimore Sun distributor, and Mary Julia Harrison, a homemaker, Nancy Harrison was born in Baltimore and raised on West Lombard Street.

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She was a 1951 graduate of Western High School and earned a bachelor's degree in education in 1955 from what is now Towson University.

Mrs. Hall earned a master's degree in 1959 in education from Rutgers University and a second master's degree in 1979 in speech pathology and audiology from what is now Loyola University Maryland.

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From 1958 to 1960, Mrs. Hall was an elementary school teacher in Summit, N.J., and from 1960 to 1961, she taught in Newton, Mass., public schools. She was a Baltimore public schools speech pathologist and audiologist from 1979 to 1983.

A believer in community service, Mrs. Hall held leadership positions with the League of Women Voters of Baltimore City, the League of Women Voters of Maryland, and the Sheridan Libraries at the Johns Hopkins University.

The former Bolton Hill resident, who had lived in the Warrington Condominiums on North Charles Street in Guilford for the last 20 years, had also been a volunteer at the House of Ruth Sexual Assault Recovery Center, Southeast Baltimore Elder Transportation and the Baltimore Choral Arts Society.

Mrs. Hall began working as a docent in the late 1980s at the Walters Art Museum, where she also served as a trustee from 2001 to 2007.

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She and her husband of 59 years, Robert E. Hall, an investment adviser, endowed a program at the Walters in support of education and career development of art historians. The couple also financially supported the humanities at the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Hopkins.

Mrs. Hall maintained an interest in Chinese and Etruscan art. She also was an a talented needlepoint worker, knitter and world traveler.

She was a gourmet cook and enjoyed entertaining family and friends.

Mrs. Hall was a member of the Women's Hamilton Street Club and the First Unitarian Church of Baltimore.

A memorial gathering will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Johns Hopkins Club, 3400 N. Charles St.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Hall is survived by two sons, Christopher Hall of Towson and Benton Hall of Cross Keys; a daughter, Selby Hall of Guilford; and a sister, Patricia Harrison Strausbaugh of Portland, Ore.

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