Who is J.D. Hall

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    • Mr. James Douglas Hall was a proud native of Marshall, Texas. He was born February 1, 1912, and he died at the age of 92 on March 13, 2004, in Marshall, Texas.
    • He received a B.A. degree from Bishop College and a M. Ed. from Texas Southern University and an honorary doctorate conferred upon him by Paul Quinn College. 
    • J.D. Hall was hired in 1954 as a teacher at Rocky Crest. He was the first African American principal of Rocky Crest, and later served as an Assistant Superintendent in Lancaster Schools. He was known as a compassionate driving force for the district and the disadvantaged. He was a tireless advocate and catalyst for change.
    • He was elected as the first African American trustee to the Dallas County Community College District in 1978. He served the last 11 years of his 21 year tenure as its Vice Chairman.
    • Mr. Hall was presented with a lifetime membership in the Association of Community College Trustees.
    • Due to his work, the Dallas County Community College District Foundation created an endowment named The J.D. and Lillie Belle Hall Scholarship which is awarded annually to students seeking opportunites of higher education.  
    • Throughout his lifetime Dr. Hall was a member or served various organizations such as: Volunteers of America; March of Dimes; Red Cross; YMCA; Urban League; Goals for Dallas; Oak Cliff Chamber of COmmerce; Texas State Teachers Association; Knights of the Pythias Grand Lodge; Regular Fellows, Dallas Black Remembered, Inc.; and Cleveland Ohio's Career Council on Developing Youth of America.
    • Dr. Hall was a Life Member of Omicron Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. He served in all of the elected offices in the local chapter as well as the Gulf Coast Region.