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George R. Wall

Published on -7/12/2012, 9:33 AM

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George R. Wall, Ph.D., 82, Hays, died Tuesday, July 10, 2012, in Russell.

He was born June 20, 1930, in Kaw City, Okla., to Edward A. and Helen (Edelman) Wall. He received a master's degree in business from the University of Oklahoma and a doctorate in accounting from the University of Arkansas in 1966.

He married Margaret Hardgrove Wall on July 11, 1952, in Alva, Okla. He was a tenured professor of business at Fort Hays State University, starting in 1958. He retired in 1993, spending his entire career at FHSU. In 1999, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kansas Society of Public Accountants in recognition of his long service as an accounting educator in the state of Kansas. Many of his former students comment to his family on the positive influence his classes and teaching had on their lives.

He was an avid fisherman and hunter, and was a well-known visitor on the lands of farmers in Rooks and Phillips counties chasing pheasants and quail on cold winter days. Walleye and crappie were his favorite targets on the lakes surrounding Hays, and he even was known to make a trip or two to Canada and South Dakota while on the chase for fish. He enjoyed outdoors with his dogs, training them to compete in field trials. After retirement, he became known in the auction scene throughout western Kansas and became easily recognizable to auctioneers and auction-goers alike.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Hays, Russell Antique Club and Alpha Kappa Psi.

Survivors include a son, Robert Wall and wife, Marqueleta, Manhattan; a daughter, Darcy Wall, Kansas City, Mo.; two sisters, Daisy Duvall, Cheyenne Wells, Colo., and Clara LeFever, Houston; and two grandchildren, Travis and Catherine Wall, Manhattan.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Clarence Wall; and two sisters, Beulah Anderson and Louise Onion.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine.

Family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of service Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to FHSU Endowment Association for a scholarship fund in memory of Dr. George Wall, School of Business.

Condolences can be sent to the family at www.haysmemorial.com.

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