David J Hall
David J Hall’s death on 23 October 2015 meant not only that Dr Williams’s lost a faithful, talented and interested trustee but that some, at least, of his considerable stock of books was made available to Dr William’s Library. David was a serious Quaker who attended the Cambridge Society of Friends. In 1968 he graduated BA from the University of Durham to which institution he remained devoted for the rest of his life. In 1972 he gained a Durham MA. He first worked in Brighton as an assistant postal controller, moving in 1970 to an administrative position in Cambridge and in 1976 to a post in the university library there. Twenty years later he was the deputy librarian, able to develop and indulge his growing zeal for books which began in earnest at Durham. His Quakerism was evident in his enthusiasm for reading and owning works on Quaker history in Britain and overseas and in writing articles and papers on Friends’ history. Having previously served on DWL’s library committee, he became a Dr Williams’s trustee in 2002 and served until his death. He was frequently in London, at meetings at Friends House, in the Euston Road, just a short distance from DWL.
In 1999 he became a Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge and chaired its library committee 2000-2005 and, on retirement, in 2005 he became an Emeritus Fellow. He had always enjoyed holidays exploring the dales of North Yorkshire and County Durham and visiting the meeting houses. He also worked from 2006 as a volunteer for the National Trust in the second hand bookshop at Wimpole Hall near Cambridge. During his last illness he persisted in fending for himself as much as possible but, not being a driver, came to depend more on friends who took him on outings to stately homes etc. His gift of books to DWL reflects his Quaker interests, his concern for art history, architecture, libraries and much more. We are grateful to him for his constant cheerfulness, even in adversity, and his generosity to friends and to those institutions which gained his loyalty.