George Martin Hall died at his home in Baltimore, Maryland, on the 28th of April, 1941, at the age of forty-nine, after a period of failing health that lasted more than four years. He was born in Baltimore, September 13, 1891, the son of George Arlow Hall and Alice Josephine (Higgins) Hall. His early education ended with his graduation from the Baltimore City College in 1909. In the fall of 1911 he entered The Johns Hopkins University and received the degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1915. The following autumn he began graduate work in the Department of Geology of the same University. He continued his studies of geology until he entered the Signal Corps of the United States Army in March 1918. He was commissioned in August 1918 and served as a Second Lieutenant until November 1920. In December of the same year he returned to Johns Hopkins and again took up his work in geology and received the Ph.D. degree in 1923.

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