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S. Verdette Hall

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hall vS. Verdette Hall was born on June 22, 1938 in Springfield, Illinois. His parents, Stanley Earl and Ruby Josephine Hall moved to Houston when he was 5 years old so that his father could take employment at the Brown & Root Shipyard installing electrical wiring in submarines during World War II.


Graduating in the first class of Sam Houston High School when he was 17 years of age, he went to work for Southwestern Bell the following Monday morning. He worked for the Bell System for 13 years, the last 6 of which he was responsible for designing and implementing all of the communications equipment used to train Astronauts and control Manned Space Flight from Houston, including the Mercury, Gemini and first four Apollo launches.

While with Southwestern Bell, he attended the University of Houston and attained a BA, with a major in English. When he reached 18, he enlisted in the Texas Air National Guard for 4 years, with an initial tour of duty with the US Air Force.

He purchased his first home in College Park, Deer Park, in 1969 due its close proximity to his office at NASA. Four years later he purchased a lot in a new sub-division on Knob Hill Street, where he designed his custom built home, competed in 1973 and has resided there since.

During his time in Deer Park, he coached Tee-Ball and Little League Baseball. He was one of the three founding members of the Deer Park Tigers Football Club and was its first Head Coach. He also served as President of the Deer Park Colt & Pony League Baseball organization, during which time he supervised the construction of the Colt League baseball field in Dow Park. He was also one of the three founding members of the Deer Park Football Boosters Club.

For the past 25 years, he has been responsible for the detailed design of over 75 9-1-1 Emergency Dispatch Centers throughout the US, including Miami, Boston, Indianapolis, Long Beach, Los Angeles and San Antonio.

Verdette has been a member of Deer Park United Methodist Church and the Twigbenders Sunday School class of over 30 years. His remaining family includes his wife of 33 years, Sharon Ann Hall, his son Victor Earl and wife Gellena Hall, his step-son Drew Knox and wife Cassie, plus two Grandsons, Austin and Zane, his step-daughter Amy and husband Heinz Garcia and two grandchildren Bryana and Noah.