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CWU mourns death of Professor Raymond Hall

Raymond A. Hall, a beloved professor who taught African American Studies, Folklore and Cultural Anthropology at Central Washington University, peacefully passed away at his home on April 7, 2018.

Hall was committed to diversity and inclusion at Central and often committed money, time and energy to make the campus a safe and comfortable place for students.  He was an advisor for Brother 2 Brother and had an end-of-the year barbeque that students often comment made them feel like they were at home.

He was a master storyteller and often told stories about his life, from segregation to Vietnam, to the shores of Mexico where he was a deep-sea fisherman and later became a Master Diver and Underwater Archeologist.

Hall was loved by his students who traveled on study abroad trips to his second home of Veracruz and who he often spoke kindly about their brilliance and ability to change the world. He is survived by his wife Diane Fishel-Hall and two sons, Raymond Jr. and John James.

Memorial contributions in Hall’s honor are suggested to Hospice Friends, 302 S. Main Street, Ellensburg.  Steward & Williams Funeral Home and Crematory of Ellensburg has been entrusted with caring for Dr. Hall’s family.  Online condolences may be left at

For service date and time, contact Delores (Kandee) Cleary, Ph.D., Vice President and Inclusivity and Diversity.