George E. Hall, 81, formerly of Starksboro
FORT EDWARD, N.Y. — George Edward Hall III, Terry to his friends and family, passed away Oct. 17, 2020 from complications of heart disease.
He was born in Claremont, N.H., to George E Hall Jr. and Nancy (Brooks) Hall on Nov. 20, 1938. He grew up in the Edgemont section of Scarsdale, N.Y. He graduated from Bronxville High School and attended Cornell University.
In 1961 he moved with the family to Starksboro, Vt., and began a very varied and interesting life. Terry traveled to Alaska with John Teal to capture musk oxen and establish a musk ox farm to benefit indigenous people. This was followed by working in Point Barrow, Alaska, for the University of Alaska’s Naval Arctic Research Laboratory.
Back in Vermont, he was employed for several years by the Shelburne Shipyard. All his life he was an avid birder whose ideal vacation was traveling the country, usually with some birder friends, in search of a new lifer and eventually compiling a list of well over 700 species.
Terry was a very kind and gentle person but one plagued with an addiction that weighed heavily on his life and relationships. He made very many good friends who, to their credit, knowing his problems still stood by him. Even in trying times the naturalist in him came forward. While incarcerated in West Virginia he became known as “The Moth Man,” collecting moths attracted and killed by the bright lights. Terry identified and catalogued them, finding several species previously unknown in West Virginia. When he left the state his collection was given to West Virginia University.
He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law Robert and Blair Hall; his nieces Heather Ragsdale and Meredith McFarland; and his nephew Renwick Hall, all of Starksboro. Also, his cousins Nancy Savage and Dennys Grady of Michigan. He was predeceased by his parents and his brother Jared.
At some time in the future there will be a gathering to spread his ashes on the family farm. Cards may be sent to Bob Hall, 101 Stave Brook Dr., Starksboro, VT 05487 or perhaps a small donation to your favorite wildlife
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