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Terry F. Hall, former Alex Brown Realty in-house counsel who earlier worked at Venable, Baetjer & Howard, dies

Terry F. Hall, former Alex Brown Realty in-house counsel who earlier worked at Venable, Baetjer & Howard, dies
Terry Hall, a lover of sports, was particularly devoted to University of Nebraska athletics. (HANDOUT)

Terry R. Hall, former in-house counsel for Alex Brown Realty Inc., who earlier had worked in the real estate group at Venable, Baetjer & Howard, now Venable LLP, died Aug. 3 from complications of pneumonia at the Gilchrist Center in Towson. The Lutherville resident was 72.

Terry Fredrick Hall, the son of Harold Hall, a civil engineer, and his wife, Grace Hall, a schoolteacher, was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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After graduating in 1964 from North East High School, he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1968 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he was a member of the debating team, a member of Phi Beta Kappa and a Woodrow Wilson scholar.

He entered law school at the University of Pennsylvania in 1968, but his studies were cut short when he was drafted into the Army and then inducted into the Marine Corps.

Since the Marines do not draft, Mr. Hall always explained that he “involuntarily volunteered,” said his wife of 46 years, the former Lulean Koerting, former assistant headmistress of Roland Park Country School, whom he met on a blind date his senior year at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

After completing boot camp, he was stationed at the Naval Justice School in Newport, Rhode Island, where be was a legal court reporter, until being discharged in 1970, joining the Marine Corps Reserve.

He returned to Penn, from which he received his law degree in 1973, and after graduation came to Baltimore and joined the real estate group at Venable, Baetjer & Howard, now Venable LLP.

For the next 15 years, Mr. Hall worked alongside Jim Wright, a Bolton Hill resident and a partner at Venable LLP.

“I worked with him at Venable when I was head of the real estate group,” Mr. Wright said. “Terry was very smart and very calm. He was very good at negotiating, and I never saw him upset. He was an absolute pleasure to work with and was just a nice guy."

He recalled Mr. Hall’s determination.

“Terry’s great sense of humor and his determination to represent each client to the best of his ability made him a joy to be with,” Mr. Wright said. “I will miss him greatly."

Mr. Hall left Venable in 1989 when he was named in-house general counsel at Alex Brown Realty Inc.

“Terry was just a fantastic guy and a wonderful character. He was quirky and a brilliant lawyer,” said John M. Prugh, chairman of Alex Brown Realty Inc. “He had been our outside counsel, and then I had the opportunity to hire him in the late 1980s. He was a diligent lawyer, had a great sense of humor, and became a beloved member of our corporate family.”

Mr. Prugh, a Brooklandville resident, said that during Mr. Hall’s tenure at Venable, he was “Alex Brown’s institutional memory and was an invaluable resource.”

Mr. Hall’s legal career was cut short when he was diagnosed in 2003 with meningioma, a rare brain tumor.

He survived the first surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, “but the meningioma kept coming back in 2009, 2016 and 2019,” his wife wrote in a biographical profile of her husband.

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He retired from Alex Brown on a medical disability in 2003 but found a second career working in speech therapy with Andrea Attick, the director of Loyola University Maryland’s Speech Language and Hearing Clinic.

“Terry was incredibly determined to improve, he strived for excellence in all he did, always worked hard to remember a name, added a sense of humor to most everything he did,” Ms. Attick told Mrs. Hall.

She said that during her 13 years at the clinic, Mr. Hall was one of her “hardest-working and most determined clients.”

Mr. Hall remained actively engaged with the clinic until May.

“He loved sports,” Mr. Wright said. “It was one of our main connections. He loved the Baltimore Colts, Orioles and the Ravens.”

Mr. Hall was a season ticket holder to the Ravens, Orioles and the University of Maryland basketball, but “no team could compete with the University of Nebraska athletics, especially football,” his wife said.

If tickets to University of Nebraska athletic events came his way, he would travel to away games, and it made no difference where they were — he’d go coast to coast.

Mr. Hall had a great memory and recall for sports statistics for baseball and pro and college football that he had honed over the decades, friends said.

Mr. Hall donated his body to the Maryland Anatomy Board.

He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, 8601 Valleyfield Road, Lutherville, where a celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday.

In addition to his wife of 42 years, director of finance at the Jemicy School, he is survived by his son, Cliff Hall of Monkton; a daughter, Chanda Steele of Portersville, Pennsylvania; and four grandchildren.

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