Robert Ayer Hall Sr.



†††† Robert Hall Sr. was born in Lowell, Massachusetts onSeptember 19, 1933.He earned a Bachelorís of Science degree in Synthetic Textiles in 1955.After joining the Army, he was sent to Alaska as a medic.While in Alaska he met and married Helen Trice (Bowers by birth).Robert (Bert) earned a Master of Divinity at Berkley, California.While in California, Helen gave birth to two sons, Robert and Mark.In 1960, Bert became pastor of the American Baptist Church in Cordova, Alaska.While in Cordova, Helen gave birth to a daughter, Sheryl, and son, David.The Halls moved to Anchorage, Alaska in 1965 where he served as Director of the United Way.In 1969, Bert was appointed Commissioner of Health & Welfare for the State of Alaska and the family moved to Juneau.In 1971, Bert and Helen divorced and moved to Anchorage.Bert served as the Alaska Liaison for the US Dept of Health, Education & Welfare was later as the Health Director of the Municipality of Anchorage. Bert was involved in Alaska politics and managed campaigns for Republican candidates and served as executive Assistant to US Senator Frank Murkowski.In 1985, Bert was appointed as Health Director for the North Slope Borough.He and Helen remarried in 1987 and moved to Wasilla, Alaska. He served again for a second tour as Anchorageís Health Director from 1987 until his retirement in 1992. Bert then served as the Associate Director of the Alaska office of the US Department of Veterans Affairs until his second retirement in 1994.Bert remains active in Alaska Politics, Rotary and the First Presbyterian Church of Wasilla.He also serves as Chair of the Alaska Veterans Advisory Council and the Wasilla Chamberís Military Affairs Committee.He was appointed by two Presidents and served 12 years on the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars as well as many Boards and Commissions.He has been recognized as Anchorageís Young Man of the Year, received Scoutingís Silver Beaver Award and was recently named as Wasilla Citizen of the Year.