Dorothy S. Hall

June 1, 2014 

Dorothy S. Hall

Dorothy S. Hall of 750 Weaver Dairy Road, #2110, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, died April 8, 2014 in the Carol Woods Health Center.

She was 95. Born Dorothy Shaw in Fontana, Wisconsin in 1919, Mrs. Hall was an artist with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of North Carolina. Her exhibitions included the Museo de Arte Moderna and an individual show in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. One of her sculptures is in the garden of the American Embassy in Brazil. After earning a Masters of Education degree she began a new career - designing learning materials for young children. She built two "Habitats" at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center and monitored differences in play between boys and girls. She held a workshop for parents and children at the Duke University Training Center for Hearing Impaired Children, and made portable playground equipment for the Sara Barker Center for Retarded and Handicapped Children; both were especially rewarding to her.

An ad asking for a playground at the Ridgefield Public Housing Day Care Center led to an Adventure Playground built with the help of the children living in the project. Twenty-three activities were constructed from scrap material - mostly old tires, cable spools, and a scrap pile from University Mall, then under construction. It cost fifty dollars!

Other playgrounds followed: four for Head Start, one for the Montessori School, and one for the Bayboro High School where 700 children were hanging out in the parking lot.

As a young woman in Chicago she was a model, and trained as a nurse at Michael Reese Hospital.

While attending Milton College in Wisconsin she wrote and directed children's radio programs for WCLO in Janesville - "Read and Rest" and "Schooltime".

She taught nursery-kindergarten classes in Storrs, Connecticut and Chapel Hill, and worked in advertising in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Chapel Hill.

In her later years she and her husband, Bill, sailed his thirty-one foot sloop from their home in Oriental, North Carolina, to Florida, Cuba, the Bahamas, and Newport, Rhode Island.

She was a member of Mensa, the Shared Learning Association of Chapel Hill, and the Sams O'Wake RV Club. She was active in the PTA, Girl and Boy Scouts, and the Community Church.

She is survived by her two children, David and William Daland; and grandsons, Robert and Adam Daland.

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