Sunday, January 25, 2004

Agnes Hall, Scout leader


Did not let illness hold her back

By Karen Andrew
The Cincinnati Enquirer

KENWOOD - Agnes M. "Aggie" Settle Hall began her Scouting career as a Girl Scout First Class when she was a teenager in Wheeling, W.V.

She went on to serve in Cub and Boy Scout leadership positions and received a number of awards, including the Meritorious Service Award in 1971 and the Silver Fawn Award in 1973.

This was in spite of the fact that she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis as a young adult.

She died of the progressively debilitating disease Wednesday at age 75 at her Kenwood home. She donated her body to the Cleveland Clinic for research.

After high school, Mrs. Hall became a registered nurse at Philadelphia General Hospital in 1950 and married J. Parker Hall, who was working in New York City.

"It was her smile that captivated me," said Mr. Hall, who fondly called his wife "that redhead.''

"She had a sense of humor and everybody adored her."

Mrs. Hall then worked at New York City's Presbyterian Hospital.Later, the Halls moved often, following Mr. Hall's food business sales career. They landed in Cincinnati in 1964.

Mrs. Hall began her 40-year affiliation with the Boy Scouts when she became her oldest son's den mother. In Cincinnati, she was den mother of Den 7, Pack 163 in Kenwood; and she helped form Pack 501, becoming its den leader coach.

In the 1970s, Mrs. Hall served four years as District Cub Leadership Training Chairman and four years as Dan Beard Council Cub Leadership Training Chairman.

She was the mother of four Eagle Scouts and grandmother of one Eagle Scout, with other grandsons soon to follow.

Mrs. Hall did not let her multiple sclerosis disability stop her. She played golf, was a Presbyterian church leader and did precinct work. She attended Reds and Bengals games.

"She's remembered by her kids as a source of quiet strength and determination," said one of her sons, Kirk of Indialantic, Fla.

In addition to her husband of 53 years and son Kirk, survivors include three other sons, Carter of Columbia-Tusculum, Mark of Loveland, and Taft of Kenwood; a daughter, Gail Weibel of Pleasant Ridge; a brother, Frank Settle of Parkersburg, W.V; and six grandchildren.

Visitation will be 1-2 p.m. Monday followed by the memorial service, both at the Cedars of Lebanon Chapel, Spring Grove Cemetery, 4521 Spring Grove Avenue.

Memorials: Boy Scouts of America, Dan Beard Council, 2331 Victory Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45206 or Multiple Sclerosis Society of South Western Ohio, 4460 Lake Forest Dr., Suite 236, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

E-mail kandrew@enquirer.com.




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