KITTERY, MAINE – Stephen Fiske Hall died unexpectedly September 6th, 2021, age 83, at York Hospital in York, ME with his wife by his side. Raised in Lexington, MA, he was born August 6th, 1938 to Sarah Fiske Redfern and Dr. William Mott Hall.
Steve grew up with his 2 older brothers in Lexington, graduating from Lexington High. Sons of a Scientist and Professor at MIT, the boys grew up in a world of inventions. Among other fascinations were morse code devices installed in secret places throughout their home. Steve was able to translate morse code even in his elder years. Summers were spent at his grandfather’s summer home Osarhehon on Thompson’s Point in Charlotte, VT, along the coast of Lake Champlain. Sailing, archery and taking days-long treks to the peak of Camel’s Hump and beyond formed his childhood days. His love and concern for nature, complemented by his scientific mindset, perhaps formed his resourceful philosophy that was so notable throughout his lifetime. Many speak of his imp-like smirk and love for practical jokes, no doubt the result of being the youngest of three engineer-minded boys. He achieved the honor of Eagle Scout at age 15.
Steve attended Williams College where he joined the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity, graduating with a BA in Physics in 1960. The summers of his college years were spent on the crew of the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Echo Lake Camp on Mount Desert Island, ME. After college, he attended the Sloan School of Industrial Management at MIT, earning his MS in 1962. Under the auspices of the Ford Foundation Fellows in Africa program he spent two years in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Africa, helping the country build their post-colonial government. There he became relatively fluent in Swahili, which he retained through time. Until his death, he was an active member of the MISTI MIT Carroll L Wilson Circle, which provides opportunities for MIT graduating seniors to pursue challenging international activities aimed at making a tangible and transformative impact in society.
Upon his return to the States after prolonged stays in Egypt, Nepal, India and Japan, though offered management positions abroad, he met the love of his life, Stella, and asked her to be his bride. They were married three months later. They bought their first home in Concord, MA, and within five years, had four children. He started with the management team at Raytheon in Wayland, MA, but soon shifted his focus to train in the emerging field of computers and became a systems analyst.
Steve’s passion was raising his family and sharing with them his love for the outdoors and community. They were members of the Trinitarian Congregational Church of Concord. Among other endeavors, Steve joined forces with other parents in Concord and Carlisle to initiate a local Bill Koch Ski League.
Stella and Steve retired in Kittery Point, ME, where he finally got to build his dream post & beam. He fully engaged in his community, joining the Kittery Conservation and Climate Adaptation Committees and became an avid Kittery Land Trust Steward. He was also a member of the Kittery Art Association, and The First Congregational Church of Kittery Point. He accumulated a diverse collection of bird feeders and was keenly in tune with nature and the critters passing through his yard.
Steve will always be remembered for his open, generous heart, his interest in each with whom he spoke, laughter in his deep blue eyes, and words of wisdom.
Steve is survived by his brothers, Peter Hall of Charlton, MA and Joseph Hall of Bethlehem, NJ, each with four children.
His bride of 55 years, Stella Yates Brewster Hall, lives in Kittery Point, ME. She is surrounded by their children and families, Sonya Hall Morrison, Christopher Morrison and their sons Brimmer and Keller, Elizabeth Brewster Hall, Michael Graham and their daughters Ellie, Scarlett and Langley, Edward Sohier
Hall, Megan Arrivey-Hall and their daughters Chloe, Lily and Phoebe and Lindley Hall van der Linde and Tiaan van der Linde and their children Linden and Stella.
Steve, Dad, Papa left us too quickly, and though he did not suffer, we never got to say goodbye. We will be celebrating his magnificent life Saturday, July 2nd, summer of 2022, at 10am at the First Congregational Church of Kittery Point, ME.
Donations in his honor may be made to the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) https://www.outdoors.org/donate/tribute-gifts/, and The First Congregational Church of Kittery Point, ME. First Congregational Church of Kittery: Donate (kitterypointucc.org)
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