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Alexander Lawton Hall, 50, passed on September 17, 2023 due to complications in recovery from stomach cancer. In his last hours, he was surrounded by family and close friends. Born on June 5, 1973, in Rochester, NY, Alex moved with his family to Hingham, MA in 1979, attending school there and becoming an Eagle Scout in Troop 4. A chapter president of the Kappa Sigma fraternity at Northeastern University, he received a B.A. in History in 1997, and was hired as a District Park Ranger by the MDC (now the DCR).

Alex rose to the rank of Lieutenant and remained with the DCR until his untimely death. For most of his career he was the supervising ranger for the Boston Harbor Islands, charged with their administration and the hiring and training seasonal staff. He also oversaw the management of other agency properties—from Fort Revere in Hull to Myles Standish State Park in Plymouth—and received training as a First Responder. On special occasions he served as a guide at the Paul Revere House in Boston's North End. His interest in coastal fortifications led to extensive travel in the U.S., Britain, and to the Philippines. He was a member of the Coast Defense Study Group, and served on its board of directors.

Alex found his greatest enjoyment in music. Starting with the Kinderchor and the Hingham High School's Choral Spectrum, he was a member of several singing groups in college, including the Madrigal Singers and as president of Choral Society. While on an international co-op assignment at Fyvie Castle, Scotland, Alex took to Scottish country dancing and became active in Scottish folk dance groups around Boston.

A 15-year involvement with Revels was the core of musical activity for Alex. He saw his first Revels production at Harvard's Sanders Theatre in December 1979 at age 6 and remained enthralled ever since. He was the first in his family to audition for the adult chorus (bass) and was selected for the 2008 Thomas Hardy Christmas Revels. Since then, Alex sang, danced, or assisted in many Revels events and folk music productions, including Midwinter Revels, Spring Sing, RiverSing, and Revels Singers. Alex is particularly remembered for appearances as the dragon in the mummer's play and as the Padstow 'Obby 'Oss (Hobby Horse), dancing and swaying as he led the company celebrating the changing seasons. He also served on the board of directors.

Alex is survived by his parents, Ross and Bonnie (Davis) Hall of Harwich Port, Cape Cod, his brother and sister-in-law Ross Frederick and Susan (Murgo) Hall of Halifax, MA, his aunt, Janis (Hall) Dyer of Concord, MA, plus cousins and numerous friends from school, college, Revels, and the DCR. He will be sorely missed by all who shared his friendship and love.

A celebration of Alex's life will be held on Saturday, October 28, 2023 at noon in The Old South Church in Boston, Copley Square, 645 Boylston Street, Boston, MA.
In lieu of floral tributes those desiring to honor Alex please consider a memorial donation to : Revels, Inc. 2 Brattle Square, Cambridge, MA 02138
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