- Former Chief of Construction- Operations Division, Daniel F. Hall, died Jan. 24 while working at the Church of Christ on Walnut Street in Dickson, Tenn.
Hall served the Corps for more than 38 years as both a military officer in Europe
and a civilian with the Vicksburg and Nashville Districts.
He attended one year at Tennessee Technological University and then received a scholarship to Vanderbilt University where he graduated cum laude with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering and as a Distinguished Military Graduate. A premier leader in the construction arena, he held many positions in the Nashville District, including Area Engineer; Chief of the Construction Division; and Chief of the Operations, Construction, and Readiness Division. The Operations, Construction, and Readiness Division realized unrivaled success while under his guidance because of his innovative and far-sighted business processes. Hall’s efforts also helped the Nashville District maintain a leadership position in the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division. His leadership, honesty, candor, and professionalism were essential in preparing the Division for the challenges of the 21st century.
He was very active in the Society of American Military Engineers, including
serving as the Nashville Post President and on the SAME National Board of
Directors. He was inducted as a Fellow in 1995.
Hall called Euclid Moore, former Chief of Engineering and the first Deputy District Engineer for Programs and Project Management, his mentor.
He played a major role in two of the most ambitious construction projects in Corps of Engineers’ history, the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, to create an alternate navigation route to the Gulf of Mexico, and the Harlan Flood Damage Reduction Project that diverted a river through a mountain with four tunnels in eastern Kentucky. He served as Resident Engineer in the construction of Cordell Hull Dam and oversaw the completion of the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.
Hall retired from the Corps on Oct. 1, 1998, and was recognized as a Distinguished Civilian Employee by the Nashville District June 13, 2003, at the annual Engineer Day Picnic. With that honor his name was added to a plaque in the Estes Kefauver Federal Building to recognize his exceptional service.
He was recognized by the Army and his peers with the Bronze de Fleury Medal, Meritorious Civilian Service Award and the Outstanding Engineer of the Year Award.
At his retirement, many called Hall the most decent, honorable and respected man in the Nashville District.
Hall was a charter member and longtime president of the Dickson County
Arhletic Booster Club and worked tirelessly for the Dickson Cancer Society,
especially the Relay for Life. He is survived by his wife, Emma Wyburn Hall of Burns; son Alan Hall and his wife, Vickie, of Franklin; daughter Carol Ragan and her husband, Brian, of Dickson; sister Anne Hall Weems of Dickson; grandchildren Patrick Madison Ragan and Emma Rebecca Ragan, both of Dickson, and Anna Elizabeth Hall and Charles Alan Hall, both of Franklin; nephews Philip Fielder of San Diego, Calif., Michael Weems of Maryville and Howard Weems of Kingston Springs.