Published: Sep 09, 2012 12:02 AM
Modified: Sep 09, 2012 12:02 AM
Marie M. Hall, Ph. D. died in Durham, North Carolina on August 30. She was 95. She had been a resident of The Cedars in Chapel Hill, N.C. since 2007. Dr. Hall was born in New York City. She graduated from Hunter College and The New School of Social Research in New York. In 1950, she moved with her three children to Nashville, Tennessee and received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, the first woman to receive a Ph. D. in psychology from Vanderbilt. At Vanderbilt University, she met and later married George C. Hall who also received a doctorate in clinical psychology.
Both were clinical psychologists serving in various capacities with the Veterans Administration and devoted their careers to helping veterans deal with mental health problems. In addition, Dr. Marie Hall, along with her late husband, were pioneers in neuro-psychology specializing in brain function. Her research was instrumental in enhancing the profession’s understanding of hemispheric function suggesting the concept of the left hemisphere having the role of critic, judge and the right hemisphere being the innovator, the artist.
Prior to moving to Chapel Hill, The Halls’ lived for 35 years in Boston. The Halls were members of the Saint Botolph Club, former members of the Cambridge Boat Club and were active in Boston’s Waltz evenings. They had a vacation home on Cape Cod in Wellfleet. The Halls shared a wide range of interests including art, architecture, music, literature and were frequent theatre and opera attendees.
Funeral services will be held at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Murfreesboro, TN with internment at Evergreen Cemetery. Her husband died in 2008. Dr. Marie Hall is survived by a son, James C. Mabry of Winston-Salem, NC; a daughter, Eileen Mabry; three grandchildren, William Mabry of Los Angeles, CA, James C. Mabry IV of Richmond, VA., Elizabeth Owen of Concord, NC, Kim M. Kreps, Austin TX, five great grandchildren and a great, great grandchild.
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