F. Marie Hall is a native of West Texas whose service has touched so many people in so many different ways, while maintaining a strong philanthropic presence both locally and throughout the state, especially among institutions of higher learning.
That service has included membership on the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health National Advisory Board, and on the board of the Midland College Foundation. A former member of the Board of Governors, she would go on to serve as an Advisor Governor of the Permian Basin Area Foundation, Midland, Texas, where she established the Marie Hall Scholarship Fund and the Jeb Worthy Scholarship Fund.
After receiving a B.A. degree at Southern Methodist University and a secretarial certificate at Katharine Gibbs Secretarial School in New York City, Miss Hall acquired knowledge of banking and law through her work experience. A former director of State National Bank of Big Spring, Texas, she would also serve her community as a member of the vestry of St. Mary's Episcopal Church, on the boards of the Chamber of Commerce, United Way and Dora Roberts Rehabilitation Center, and as a Rotarian.
She was recognized by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Permian Basin Chapter, as the Outstanding Philanthropist of 2003. Texas Tech University Health Science Center conferred upon Miss Hall the honorary degree of Doctor of Human Letters in 2002. The Buffalo Trail Council of The Boy Scouts of America designated her a James E. West Fellow. She was the recipient of the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year Award in 1987.
Miss Hall's service on the Midland College Foundation Board began in 2000. She gave a unique gift to the college in 2003. Hall's Way, a pedestrian bridge, was built upon her vision to connect Midland Community Theatre (MCT) to Midland College, both practically and symbolically. The bridge provides a convenient shortcut from MCT to the college for MC students taking drama classes at MCT. "The bridge symbolizes the connection between the college and the theater and tangibly strengthens and facilitates the symbiotic relationship between the two entities. It will remove a barrier between two vital Midland institutions, bringing them together and creating a flow of energy," said Miss Hall.
In August of 2008, Midland College dedicated its much-anticipated new academic building in honor of Miss Hall. The 79,072 square-foot facility, one of the key projects planned in the 2005 Bond program approved overwhelmingly by Midland voters, houses a two-story atrium at its entrance that serves as a gathering space for people before and after events in the tiered, 102-seat lecture hall. The new atrium was christened "Amistad Atrium" by Hall, emphasizing the values of "friendship" and community. The F. Marie Hall Academic Building provides 36 large classrooms; distance learning technology; a mathematics laboratory; and additional faculty offices; as well as a snack bar and patio on the second level. The facility is also home to Midland College's University Center. The structure has several interesting architectural features, including cascading water pools linking the interior and exterior of the building.
Miss Hall served on the Department of Nursing Advisory Board at Howard College in Big Spring, Texas, where she established the Jane Lucas Thomas Endowment for Nursing, provided two distance learning laboratories and contributed the Hall Center for the Arts.
At the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, she was an active member of the Development Board fro twenty-two years, is Member Emerita of the Advisory Council of the School of Allied Health Sciences and honorary member of the Advisory Council of the School of Nursing. She and her mother established the Granville T. Hall Chair in General Surgery and the Florence Thelma and Florence Marie Hall Endowment for Programs of Excellence in Education in the Medical Sciences. Miss Hall also established The Florence Thelma Hall Distinguished Professorship in Nursing and the Florence Marie Hall Visiting Lecturer in Allied Health Sciences. She provided the 4.7 Tesla NMR Chemical Shift Imaging System and established the F. Marie Hall Magnetic Resonance Laboratory.
A Texas Tech University benefactor, as well, she funded the creation of the F. Marie Hall Synergistics Center and established the Marie Hall Chair in Rural Health, the F. Marie Hall Institute in Rural Health, and the Smith, Vela and Patterson Senior Fellowships for Rural Health Research at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC). Miss Hall also served on the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Basin Advisory Council in Odessa.
In the TTUHSC School of Medicine, she established the Granville T. Hall M.D., Chair in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Midland Campus, Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health, Jenna Welch Center. In the TTUHSC School of Nursing, she established the Florence T. Hall Chair for Nursing Excellence in Women's Health, Lubbock Campus, Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health.
There are few institutions or interests in Texas that have not been touched in some way by Miss Hall's generosity. In the Texas Tech University College of Architecture, she established the H. Deane Pierce Endowed Chair. At Texas A&M University, she established the James M. Carder Endowed Fund for Excellence in Urban Forestry. At The University of Texas at Austin, she enhanced an endowment, which was established by her mother, to the Florence Thelma Hall Centennial Chair in Music. Miss Hall also established the Eugene Edward Mikeska Chair for Interior Design at UT's School of Architecture, as well as sponsored the first pediatric international psychiatry seminar at Children's Medical Center in Dallas.