4 July 1896 – 25 January 1998
Spencer Hall was born in San Jose, California, a fourth-generation descendant of two Santa Clara County families. Upon graduation from San Jose High School in 1915, he entered Stanford University to study mechanical engineering. In 1917, he learned to fly at the Curtis Aerodrome in Buffalo, New York and subsequently enlisted as a PFC in the Aviation Section of the U.S. Army Signal Corps. In 1918, he graduated from the United States School of Military Aeronautics at the University of California, Berkeley. He was commissioned a 2LT in the Air Service of the U.S. Army and was assigned to Mather Field, Sacramento, California, as a flying instructor. In 1919, he flew a DeHaviland Blue Bird in the first transcontinental air race.
He resigned from his commission in 1921 to accept a position with Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company in San Francisco where he remained until his retirement in 1961 as Vice President of Buildings, Supplies, and Motor Vehicles. During his career, he directed construction of the western end of the transcontinental underground cable which was rushed to completion by the Bell Company before the United States entered World War II.
He was a founding member of the Order of Daedalians a charter member of the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington and a life member of Telephone Pioneers, the American Legion, and the National Rifle Association.
He died in his home in Kirkland, Washington at the age of 101.
Lt Col Spencer Hall, Jr., USAF (Ret.)
24 August 1924 – 27 October 27 1994
Spencer Hall Jr. was born in San Francisco, California. He graduated from Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley, California in 1942, and was commissioned a 2nd Lt in the Army Air Corps after completing pilot training in 1944. His military service in World War II was in the Pacific Theatre. He returned home to attend Martin Junior College while remaining in the Reserves. His military career was resumed with the outbreak of the Korean War and the acceptance of a Regular commission. His education was continued at the University of Nebraska under Operation Bootstrap where he received a B.A. in 1960. He ultimate served 32 years, including a tour in Vietnam where he flew 117 missions as an RF-101 pilot earning a Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with six oak leaf clusters. He retired from the Air Force in September, 1975.
He was a life member of the Military Officers Association of America, The American Legion, and the National Rifle Association.
He died in his home in Olympia, Washington at the age of 70.