Bill Hall, Former US Chess Executive Director, Dies at 46

331630_293471873999772_372170655_o US Chess Director of Publications Dan Lucas, Dr. George Dean and Bill Hall
Bill Hall, former executive director of the US Chess Federation, died early on June 7, 2016 at the age of 46. A local radio station reported: "Bill Hall was Valedictorian of his graduating class at Cumberland County High School, graduated from MIT and returned to CCHS to teach math. He was also a champion chess player, winning 12 county championships, a state and a national championship." Bill served as Executive Director from 2005-2013, and also played actively throughout his time as ED. US Chess board member Randy Bauer said, "Bill was a good man who cared deeply/was passionate about chess and US Chess. I was glad to have known him and am sad to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones at this most difficult time." Hal Bogner, who worked with Bill on a website redesign and the Earth vs. Space Match, said, "Bill was a great guy, very smart, and loved chess deeply.,. I was privileged to know the best side of this great human being throughout this period in which he was often up to his neck in alligators, and some of the tasks he gave me to carry out have led to my current work with the very inspiring world of astronauts and our space program. Chess has lost a better friend than most knew, and personally, so have I. RIP, Bill Hall."
AbbyBillbest Bill Hall with 2009 Denker Champ Abby Marshall
Jen Shahade, editor of US Chess, said: "Bill was extremely passionate about chess, and it was never too late or early in the day for him to take a phone call or work on an issue pertaining to the growth of our game or organization. His work ethic, even when facing adversity, was inspiring." Update 6/8/2016: The viewing will be Thursday, June 9, 2016 between 5:00PM - 7:00PM. Service begins at 10:00am Friday, June 10, 2016 and the burial will follow. In lieu of flowers donations are welcome to help cover funeral expenses.  You can contact the Funeral Director, Frank Bohannon and mention "Bill Hall." Bilbrey Funeral Home 76 E. Adams Street Crossville, TN 38555 Funeral Director:  Frank Bohannon 931-484-6119 Feel free to share your memories in the comments.


In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Thank you Bill, for helping the USCF so much.

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

I had the privilege of working closely with Bill while on the Executive Board from 2006 to 2009. His steadfastness in the face of an existential threat to the Federation was a model of inspirational leadership. His family is in my prayers, and I'll always remember bonding with him during a time of crisis.

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Bill's love for all things chess is especially true of the scholastic programs that were developed and promoted. I always found him available when I needed assistance and council on invitational events like the GM Denker Tournament of High School Champions. Prayers and Blessings to him. RIP.

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Bill served for eight years as USCF Executive Director. He was the ED during the frivolous litigation brought by Susan Polgar against the federation and fifteen others who dared to question her motives and activities as a board member of US Chess. As one of the defendants in that litigation, I got to know Bill very well and came to consider him not just an ally, but a friend. He was an MIT graduate in mathematics and taught math in high school for many years before accepting the ED position with US Chess. Honest, forthright and wise in the manipulations ever present in the political world of chess, his wisdom and honest character will be missed. Bill died of complications from diabetes. He was only 46 years old and leaves behind a wife and two children. One child was born in around 2010; the other was a boy adopted a couple of years earlier. That boy had autism and had been difficult to place for adoption until Bill and his wife opened their hearts. Having heard Bill interact with his son during many a litigation phone conversation, I can attest to Bill's endless kindness and patience. He will be missed by many.

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