Dr. Carl W. Hall, 89, of Virginia, passed away Friday, April 18, 2014.
Dr. Carl W. Hall, PhD, PE, served as the deputy assistant director of Engineering at the National Science Foundation from 1982 until 1990. He played a major role in the development of the new Engineering Research Centers program at NSF. While serving as acting assistant director for Engineering, he worked with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, OMB, Congress, the National Academy of Sciences/National Academy of Engineering and numerous groups within NSF, to mold this idea into a viable program to strengthen U.S. engineering research and education. The program represented a major change in the way NSF supported engineering research. Dr. Hall received the Distinguished Service Award from NSF for his leadership in formulating the program and guiding its implementation.
He also provided leadership in implementing the 1985 reorganization of the directorate for engineering, chairing a task force to develop and implement this plan. In 1986, Dr. Hall was recognized by the National Society of Professional Engineers as the NSF Engineer of the Year. Beyond his work at Michigan State University and Washington State University, he participated in many international delegations and projects in Russia, Libya, China, Japan, Indonesia, South America and Central America. He was a prolific author and was the founding editor of Drying Technology: An International Journal, now in its 30th year of publication. Dr. Hall's career achievements included research in energy, drying, food engineering, properties of materials and biomass.
His work was widely recognized by many organizations with awards: distinguished alumni, Michigan State University, Ohio State University and University of DE; Medal du Merite, France; and Max Eyth Medal, Germany, among many others. As a staff sergeant in the 99th Infantry Division in World War II, Dr. Hall participated in three major campaigns including the Battle of the Bulge, for which he was awarded the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantryman's Badge.
Dr. Hall is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mildred; daughter, Claudia Genuardi; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
His funeral will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday, April 28, 2014, at Hoffmann-Gottfried-Mack Funeral Home & Crematory, 236 S. Washington St., Tiffin, OH 44883, (419) 447-2424, with Pastor Ken Gillikin officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery with military honors being conducted by the United Veterans Council.
Friends may visit with the family from 1:30 p.m. until the time of the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice or to VFW Post 8469, 5703 Vogue Road, Fairfax Station, VA 22039.
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