I'm glad to hear from a family member.  You represent a link with David that
allows us to send our condolences directly.  Please accept mine.

Steve Smolian

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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] David Hall - ARSC Past President Obit

David was my grandfather.

I regret that I was only just beginning to realize the things he had
accomplished and cared about when his memory started to go. I wish I'd had
more time to learn from him. (It's part of why I'm on this email list).

Here he is reenacting the famous photograph of Lionel Mapleson:


Becca Hall
Northwest Chicago Film Society

On Mon, Apr 16, 2012 at 10:00 AM, Michael Biel <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> David was an enthusiastic mentor to young collectors, discographers, 
> and archivists.  When I first heard about ARSC in 1971, the current 
> president was the music librarian at my school, Northwestern.  So I 
> went over and asked him about it, and noted that David's name was 
> listed as was Philip Miller.  "If I went to this conference, might I 
> be able to meet them?"  "Sure," he replied.  And not only did I meet 
> them, I was having lunch with them the first day!
> I wish Leah and I had had a chance to interview him on videotape when 
> we were doing her "For the Record" documentary, but beyond that I had 
> so many additional questions to ask on my research projects.  When I 
> contacted him a year or two ago, his partner said that his memory had 
> mostly gone but he did recognize my name when she gave him my message.
> David Hall was a driving force in the creation of ARSC and what was 
> the premiere sound archive, R&H.  I've already been missing him.  Say 
> Hi to Phil for me.
> Mike Biel  [log in to unmask]
>  -------- Original Message --------
>  Subject: [ARSCLIST] David Hall - ARSC Past President Obit
>  From: Steve Ramm <[log in to unmask]>
>  Date: Mon, April 16, 2012 9:22 am
>  To: [log in to unmask]
>  This sad news (details below) was received by ARSC Exec. Dir Peter  
> Shambarger yesterday and I wanted to share. Though David retired to 
> Maine years  ago - and I haven't seen him in many years - he was one 
> of the "legends" in  Recorded Sound History who I had to honor to meet 
> and dine with at many ARSC  Conferences and moments like that reminded 
> me of why ARSC Conferences are  so much fun. (You get to meet folks 
> you've only READ about in person.)
>  Steve Ramm
>  >Sound archivist, writer and record producer David Hall died in 
> Castine,  >Maine, April 10, 2012, aged 95.
>  >
>  >After graduating from Phillips Exeter Academy and Yale University in  
> >1939, Hall authored "The Record Book," an annotated discography of
>  >concert music repertoire on 78 rpm discs, which instructed record  
> >collectors on "how to lay a solid foundation for a record library."
>  >Published in 1940, it was followed by a series of supplements, and 
> an  >international edition, the last published in 1955.
>  >
>  >Hall began a lifelong involvement with the record business as  
> >advertising copywriter with Columbia Records. In 1942, he became 
> script  >writer for the NBC Symphony, the all-star orchestra conducted 
> by Arturo  >Toscanini.
>  >
>  >In 1948, Hall joined fellow Yale graduate John Hammond on a quest to  
> >postwar Europe on behalf of Mercury Records, to acquire European  
> >classical recordings for American release. Their efforts helped 
> Mercury  >become a major force in the record industry.
>  >
>  >Between 1951 and 1956, with C. Robert Fine and Wilma Cozart, Hall  
> >co-produced Mercury's Living Presence Series, notable recordings by 
> the  >Chicago, Minneapolis and Eastman Rochester symphony orchestras 
> under  >such conductors as Rafael Kubelik, Antal Dorati, Paul Paray 
> and Howard
>  >Hanson. Mercury's 1955 recording of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture 
> became  >the best-selling classical record of the decade.
>  >
>  >After a year in Denmark as a Fulbright Fellow, in 1957, Hall joined  
> >Stereo Review, to which he continued to contribute until 1999, when 
> the  >magazine ceased publication. In 1963, he became president of 
> Composers'
>  >Recordings Inc., a nonprofit label devoted to recording and 
> distributing  >the work of American contemporary composers.
>  >
>  > From 1967 to 1985, Hall served as curator of the Rodgers and  
> >Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound at Lincoln Center, which 
> became a  >major force in sound recording collection and service. 
> Under his  >direction, the Archives produced The Mapleson Cylinders, 
> an important  >collection of historic sound which captured the 
> performances of early  >20th century Metropolitan Opera stars. It 
> received a Grammy from the  >National Academy of Recording Arts & 
> Sciences in 1986.
>  >
>  >Hall was active in a variety of board and trusteeship activities: as  
> >president of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections and the  
> >Sibelius Society, as a director of the National Music Council, as  
> >classical music consultant to the National Academy of Recording Arts 
> and  >Sciences, as a member of the Music School sub-committee of the 
> Yale  >University Council, and as trustee of the Wilton (CT) LIbrary 
> Association.
>  >
>  >In 1985, Hall moved to Maine with his wife of 50 years, Bernice 
> Dobkin,  >in 1985, where he served on the board of the Blue Hill 
> Concert  >Association. Last fall, he donated an extraordinary 
> collection of
> 2,500
>  >classical CDs to the Blue Hill Library.
>  >
>  >He is survived by his domestic partner, Del Thomas of Castine; his  
> >children, Marion Hunt of St. Louis, Mo., Jonathan Hall of South  
> >Brooksville, Peter Dobkin Hall of New Haven, Conn., and Susannah Hall 
> of  >Bucksport; as well as nine grandchildren and five 
> great-grandchildren.