Rev. Ralph T. Hall, O.P. ’52 Dies; Taught at PC for 43 Years
Providence, R.I.--Rev. Ralph Theodore “Ted” Hall, O.P. ’52, a retired theology professor at Providence College and a member of the Priory of St. Thomas Aquinas on campus, died on January 9, his 91st birthday, at Mount St. Rita Health Centre in Cumberland, R.I.
Father Hall began teaching at PC in 1959 and taught for more than 40 years at the College, retiring in 2002 as associate professor of theology. He also frequently taught courses in the Department of Philosophy. He led many student retreats in the 1960s.
Over the years, he also taught evening, weekend, and summer courses at several sisters’ institutions, including Emmanuel College, Mount St. Mary College, and Nazareth/Catherine Spalding College.
Father Hall served as a priest in the Dominican Order for 55 years. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 9, 1955, at St. Dominic Church in Washington, D.C., by the Most Rev. Jerome D. Hannan, D.D., bishop of Scranton, Pa. He studied for the priesthood at St. Joseph Priory in Somerset, Ohio, and at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington.
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Father Hall served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 until 1946, being awarded the WWII National Defense Ribbon. He studied in the pre-ecclesiastical program at PC from 1946 until 1948, when he entered the novitiate of the Dominican Friars of the Province of St. Joseph at St. Rose Priory in Springfield, Ky.
Father Hall earned a bachelor’s degree in pre-ecclesiastical studies from PC in 1952 and a bachelor’s degree in sacred theology (1955) and the licentiate and lectorate degrees in sacred theology (1956) from the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. From 1967 until 1968, he studied at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas (Angelicum) in Rome, Italy, where he received a doctorate in sacred theology.
He taught at Aquinas College High School and Mt. Carmel School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio, from 1956 until 1957. He then was assigned to St. Dominic Priory in Youngstown, Ohio, while teaching theology and serving as co-chaplain at Seton Hill College in Greensburg, Pa. From 1958-1959, he was assigned to St. Peter Rectory in Memphis, Tenn., while teaching at Siena College there.
He was a member of the Society of Catholic College Teachers of Sacred Doctrine and the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars.
The son of the late Joseph and Clara (Brutscher) Hall, he is survived by family members in Ohio, including two sisters, Dorothy Benedict and Ruth Dornbush, and a brother, Edward Hall.
Father Hall’s body will be received into the Chapel of Our Lady of the Rosary in St. Thomas Aquinas Priory at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 11. A wake will follow, concluding with the celebration of the Office of the Dead at 7:00 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for him in the priory chapel at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 12. Burial will follow in the Dominican Friars’ Cemetery on campus.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Dominican Scholarship Fund in care of Providence College, Office of Institutional Advancement, 1 Cunningham Square, Providence, RI 02918-0001.