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Dr. Benjamin D. Hall (1932-2019)

We are saddened to learn of the passing of our friend, mentor and colleague, Dr. Benjamin Hall, whose research improved the health of more than a billion people around the world. Ben loved to teach and he loved those that wanted to learn. He had a scientist’s head but he also enjoyed the beauty of the rhododendrons he studied. Without Ben, and the work he did with us to protect his inventions and benefit the public, WRF simply would not exist. There are few larger influences to the course of my own life. I am sure that I am not alone. Our thoughts are with Margaret, his children and his many friends and colleagues. Rest in peace, Ben Hall.

Ron Howell, CEO, Washington Research Foundation (WRF)

Tribute from Ana Mari Cauce, UW President
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