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Dr. Clyde Woodrow Hall
February 7, 1925 ~ April 10, 2023 (age 98) 98 Years Old
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"Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts."
Dr. Clyde Woodrow Hall went to his eternal rest at the age of 98, on April 10, 2023, at Azalealand Rehabilitation and Nursing Center Savannah, Georgia. He was the second child of Mattie and Robert Richard Hall Sr. of Winter Park Florida. He was married to Maud Lee Blount Hall for 72 years who proceeded him in death on April 4, 2019. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather.
Dr. Hall retired in 1987 as Regents' Professor Emeritus of Engineering Technology at Savannah State University. During his tenure he served as Department head of Industrial Technology, Vice President, and Acting President of Savannah State. Under his leadership Savannah State became the first B.S. degree engineering technology program in the southeast and the first accreditation program in the state. During his presidency from 1978 to 1980, he provided stable leadership during the desegregation debate and improved the academic climate as well as the physical facilities of the institution. He was a highly impactful speaker as he advocated for equitable education and the end of segregation during the civil rights movement. Dr. Hall authored "One Hundred Year of Education at Savannah State College 1890-1990" preserving the history of his beloved institution. He established the Dr. Clyde Hall Endowed Scholarship for engineering technology students at Savannah State University. Dr. Hall's educational career included a B.S. degree from Georgia State College '48 (Savannah State University), masters degree from Iowa State University' 49 and Ph.D. from Bradley University '53. Dr. Hall's professional career prior to Savannah State included chief program officer at Booker Washington Institute Kakata, Liberia West Africa. He also served as professor and department head at Tennessee State University and professor at University of Arkansas/Pine Bluff. Dr. Hall served on a number of notable boards. He published a number of articles for professional journals and is the author of four copyrighted family genealogical studies. Dr. Hall received several honors, awards, and recognitions. Among them the Richard R. Wright award from SSU, The Bradley University Centurion Society Award, and The King Tisdale Achievement Award. He received proclamations from Mayor John P. Rousakis, City of Savannah, and from Georgia Governor Joe Frank Harris. He and his wife were honored as special guest to the U.S. Presidential Inauguration of Jimmy Carter. Dr. Hall was a devout member of First Congregational Church, a charter member of Alpha Mu Lambda Boule of the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity Augusta- Savannah Chapter and Connecting Link of the Savannah Chapter. Dr. Hall lived a life of service. God used him as a light in the world to help many along their journey. He is survived by son Woodrow Hall children -Danielle, Taylor, Christopher; daughter Lydia Johnikin (Vil Sr.) children -Lashanda Johnikin Barber her son Davis - Vil Johnikin II (Tawanda) Trey, Clyde's son Alvin Hall and a host of other relatives and friends.
The wake and visitation will be Thursday, April 20, 2023, at 6:30 pm at First Congregational Church, 421 Habersham Street, Savannah, GA 3101. The Celebration of Life will be held Friday April 21, 2023, at 10 am at First Congregational Church. Interment New Hope Cemetery, 1843 Cedar Crossing Road, Vidalia, GA. 30474. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Dr. Clyde Hall Endowed Scholarship Fund - Mail donations to Savannah State University Advancement, 3219 College Street, Box 20439, Savannah, GA 31404
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