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William H. 'Hook' Hall, ophthalmologist

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Friday, March 18, 2011; 9:16 PM

William H. "Hook" Hall, 67, a retired Washington ophthalmologist, died of pancreatic cancer Feb. 3 at the Washington Hospital Center.

After an internship and residency at the George Washington University Hospital, Dr. Hall opened a private practice in Northwest Washington in the late 1970s.

He practiced for more than 20 years before starting a second career working for the government. Dr. Hall held several management positions with the D.C. Department of Corrections and the old D.C. General Hospital. He retired in 2005.

William Henry Hall was born in Newnan, Ga., and grew up in the Washington area. He was a 1961 graduate of D.C.'s Central High School, where he played basketball and had a near-perfect hook shot, from which he earned his nickname.

He was a 1971 graduate of Howard University and received a medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1975.

His marriage to Paula Quick ended in divorce.

Survivors include two children, William H. Hall Jr. of Fort Washington and Kia Hall of the District; a sister, Gail Perdue of Fort Washington; a half-sister; a half-brother; and three grandchildren.

- T. Rees Shapiro

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