Ben D. Hall, MD, MACP, died peacefully on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at Cornerstone Village in Johnson City, Tennessee.
Born in Johnson City on September 21, 1924 Dr. Hall received his pre-medical education at East Tennessee State University and the University of Tennessee. He graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in March 1947. He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps at Fort Benning, Georgia and Tripler Army Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Dr. Hall practiced Internal Medicine as a member of The Medical Group in Johnson City from 1953 until his retirement in 1992. He was certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in 1954 and was elected a Fellow in the American College of Physicians in 1960. In 1956 he established the Department of Nuclear Medicine, which at that time was the only clinical radioisotope laboratory in the area. He was active in organizing and supporting the development of the James H. Quillen College of Medicine at ETSU, serving as Clinical Professor of Medicine and subsequently as a member of the adjunct faculty. He also served as chairman of the Department of Medicine and chairman of the medical staff of Memorial Hospital and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the hospital.
Dr. Hall had a strong commitment to professional service and was active in many professional organizations at the local, state and national level. He was elected President of American Society of Internal Medicine in 1978 and named President Emeritus of the American College of Physicians in 2005.
He was an active member of the Johnson City Kiwanis Club since 1956, serving as President in 1959, and a member of the Hurstleigh Club since 1955. He served as Chairman of the Board of the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy from 1987-1993. He has been a vestryman, Junior and Senior Warden, and Chairman of the Building Committee for the Nave of St. John's Episcopal Church which was completed in 2001.
He and his wife of 66 years, Kathryn Hunter Hall (now deceased), shared the love of three children, Katye (husband Mike Hansen), David (wife Cheri Paquin) and Helen (husband Bob Kasper), four grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Dr. Hall is also survived by nephew Duke Hall (wife Kathy and their son Hunter) and nieces Holly Hall and Lee K. Cornett. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elihu Dykes and Roxie Fields Hall, brother Dr. John R. Hall and niece Becky Hall.
Due to current restrictions on social gatherings, the family will host a celebration of Dr. Hall’s life at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to the charity of your choice or to the Capital Maintenance Fund or Friends of Music Fund at St. John's Episcopal Church. Please visit https://stjohnstn.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=8774462c8fa1aa18680ea3461&id=8a38ac6cfe&e=637ce3f699 to access the online giving portal at St. John's.
Memories and condolences may be shared via www.morrisbaker.com by visiting Dr. Hall’s link in the Obituaries tab. A recording of the family graveside service will be available the evening of April 14 on the website.
Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 E. Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, is serving the Hall family. (423) 282 – 1521.