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Arthur Hall


Monday, July 17, 2017

New London, N.H. — Arthur Hall of New London, formerly of Cambridge and Winchester, Mass., died on Thursday, July 13, 2017, surrounded by his family in the home he loved. Born in Boston on Aug. 9, 1930, Arthur grew up in Owings Mills and Baltimore, Md. He enrolled at Harvard College in the class of 1953, but left to serve in the Air Force in the Korean War. His war years were spent at a U.S. air base in England working on radar equipment. He returned to Harvard and graduated in 1959.

Although not an engineer, Arthur had the mind of one and a predilection for end-running authority, starting with dynamiting his sister’s sandbox at age 10 and building a homemade Tesla coil in the basement of his Harvard dormitory. After college he worked at Westinghouse designing radar equipment and then moved to Digital Equipment Corporation where he was involved in the design of some of the earliest computers. In 1966 he moved to Teradyne in Boston, where he stayed until his retirement. There he created and then ran the company’s computer department. He later took over the management of all of Teradyne’s voice communications.

Arthur was ingenious and had an endlessly curious mind; he liked nothing better than figuring out a way to do or fix something. Famous for his lethal homemade whiskey sours, he was fond of good food and spending time with friends. He loved to read and to listen to music, especially early Dixieland jazz. He was a magnet for small children and never tired of making them laugh.

Arthur leaves his wife, Deborah Hall; his son, Andrew Hall, daughter-in-law, Jill Greenlee and their two daughters, Zoe and Talia, all of Arlington, Mass., his son, Timothy Hall of Seattle, Wash.; and his sister, Leslie Hall Baldwin of Chestertown, Md.

An informal celebration of his life will be held on Aug. 25 at 1 p.m. at his home in New London. All those who wish to remember him are welcome to attend. Please confirm by emailing dbrhjhll@gmail.com by Aug. 18.