Clarkson engineer's memorial scholarships to assist Potsdam Central, Ogdensburg Free Academy graduates
Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 2:36 pm

POTSDAM -- Barre Hall of Ogdensburg and Morristown has made a gift to establish Clarkson University scholarships for Potsdam Central and Ogdensburg Free Academy graduates, in memory of her husband, David. L. Hall.

David Hall earned his undergraduate degrees in industrial distribution in 1965 and in civil engineering in 1968 at Clarkson.

The scholarships will be available to junior or senior civil engineering students in good standing who graduated from Potsdam Central School, Ogdensburg Free Academy, or Cazenovia, N.Y., Central School. The scholarships will support students who have demonstrated academic promise and strong leadership qualities.

David Hall's engineering career began after his graduation from Clarkson when he joined the engineering department at Reynolds Metals in Massena. He later transferred to the Reynolds International Division and lived and worked in Charlotte, N.C., for many years.

After returning to northern New York in 1980, Hall joined the New York Department of State. While working in its codes division, he received a certificate of appreciation from Governor George Pataki for his part in developing the Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Codes and the State Energy Conservation Construction Codes.

Much of his time was spent teaching and overseeing the enforcement of these state codes. He was well-respected for his personal engagement with and professional assistance to local code enforcement officers.

Following his death in 2008, the Northern Adirondack Code Enforcement Officers Association hosted a bike run through the Adirondack Mountains to raise funds that established a memorial scholarship in Hall's honor.