Bar News - March 23, 2007
Fred Hall Is Rochester’s Citizen of the Year
The Rochester Chamber of Commerce presented local practitioner Fred W. Hall, Jr., with its Citizen of the Year Award on March 10, 2007. A past president of the NH Bar Association (1965-66), Hall’s career and accomplishments cover numerous fields—including law, politics, the military and community service—and span seven decades.
As a member of the Rochester Rotary Club he recently took the initiative to provide all of the city’s third-graders with dictionaries. In a recent Foster’s Daily Democrat article about the honor he said that volunteerism “is the lifeblood of our country. It’s the people who are performing public service that make our country go.”
During the award presentation ceremony, Hall said he was surprised to be honored and quipped over a speakerphone from Florida, where he was vacationing, “As you inch toward the Boston Post cane you don’t expect things like this to happen to you.” His grandson, Blake McGurty, was present to accept the award on his behalf.
Hall is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and has been a member of the NH Bar since 1948. He was 28 at the time he joined the bar after having served in the US Army, where he earned Silver Star and Bronze Star medals. He was involved in three major invasions, including D-Day, and retired as a lieutenant colonel.
Hall has served as city and county attorney, and state executive councilor. He was chair of the University of New Hampshire Board of Trustees. He is a member of the prison board of trustees and a civilian aide to the secretary of the Army. He has received the Army’s outstanding civilian service medal. He is also chair of the Ageless Dreamer Foundation, is a nonprofit organization that assists senior citizens in fulfilling lifelong dreams.