Please remember in your prayers Dr. Earl Hall, former director of the University of St. Thomas Management Center, who died at Our Lady of Peace Home in St. Paul Wednesday, Nov. 16. He was 89 and had cancer.
Hall, who retired in 1995, developed the first graduate course in project management for the St. Thomas MBA program. In 2003 he co-wrote Integrated Project Management, a book published by Prentice Hall.
Hall’s career involved management roles in the military service, industry and education for more than 50 years. He completed his undergraduate training in mechanical engineering in 1943 and served as a combat engineer unit commander in World War II. He commanded Company B of the 1303rd Engineer General Service Regiment, which served in Patton’s Third Army. After V-E day, he was sent to the Pacific for the invasion of Japan. He served as commander of 1st Battalion in Tokyo before demobilization.
He joined the General Electric Corp. in 1964 and participated in their Advanced Engineering Program and in Ph.D. work in thermodynamics at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
While at General Electric he began his work in project management with the second-generation American jet engine, the J-47. He continued this work there for 14 years, with project-management responsibilities for several General Electric jet engines.
After leaving full-time engineering, Hall earned a Ph.D. in economics from the New School for Social Research and led a number of social and economic systems modeling projects. He later returned to academics and directed the Management Center (now St. Thomas’ Center for Business Excellence) from 1987 to 1995.
Services are pending.