Allan Hall


Allan Hall, who was a member of the society for 38 years and president from 1991 to 1994, died on 1 January 2021.

Allan was appointed a lecturer in the young Department of Applied Geology at the University of Strathclyde in 1976. In 1989, he moved, with the rest of the staff and students, to the University of Glasgow to form the new Department of Geology and Applied Geology. In 1998 he transferred into the Department of Archaeology where he remained until he retired in 2011.

Allan joined the Geological Society of Glasgow in session 125 (1982-1983) and was elected on to Council in December 1988. He was president from 1991 until 1994 (sessions 134-136). During his tenure, he led an excursion to the northern Lake District and another to East Kirkton and the Bathgate Hills. He also presented the 9th and 10th T. N. George Memorial Medals to W. J. Kennedy and Diane Edwards.

A few years after retiring, Allan was diagnosed with PSP – progressive supranuclear palsy, a rare condition which increasingly led to problems with balance, mobility and, later, speech. These physical problems didn’t diminish his desire to be involved with his archaeological research or attending lectures of the society, which he did up until the first Covid-19-induced lockdown in March 2020.

More details of Allan’s life and achievements can be found in the obituary prepared by Iain Allison.