VANCE HALL, 87, a retired Foreign Service officer, died on Jan. 6. He had served in Seoul, South Korea; Naples, Italy; and Suva, Fiji, as well as in the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Vienna, Austria. Following his retirement in 1982, he continued to work in the State Department on freedom of information cases until 2000.
Walter Vance Hall Jr. was born in 1930 in Emmerton, Va., the son of Walter Vance Hall Sr. and Emma Lemoine Griffith. He graduated from Hampden-Sydney College, served in the U.S. Navy, and then earned a degree in foreign service at Georgetown University.
Vance was a lifelong member of North Farnham Parish Church in Farnham, Va., and during his long residence in Alexandria he was an active parishioner at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. He served as a member of the board of directors of the Historic Alexandria Foundation, and the American Library Company. He also served two terms on the Alexandria Archeology Commission and was a longtime member of the Metropolitan Club.
Vance particularly enjoyed his nearly 20 years of tutoring children in the Alexandria public schools. He also took great pleasure in working in his garden, reading, entertaining friends and cooking. He was an enthusiastic traveler, especially to Italy.
He is survived by his wife Julia Elisabeth Ramberg Hall of Alexandria, whom he married in Rome in 1963, two sons, John Ramberg Hall (and his wife Denise Ann Hall) of Hackettstown, N. J. and Walter Vance Hall III of Chesapeake, Va., and two grandsons, Lleyton Vance Hall and Anders John Hall.
A Liturgy in Thanksgiving for his life will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Alexandria, at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 14th. Interment will be at North Farnham Parish Church, Farnham, Va., at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 15.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Saint Paul’s Foundation.