January 2023 Volume 19

The Passing of a Fortis Nation Builder The Most Hon. Dr. Marshall McGowan Hall, OJ, CD,

Pat Bignall
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1934 - November 22, 2022

The Fortis Fraternity acknowledges the passing of a distinguished Fortis - Dr. Marshall Hall - and extends sincere condolences to his family, friends, and loved ones.

Dr. Hall attended KC in the 1940s and worked his way through university, gaining his Doctorate in Economics. He is a former Dean of the Department Social Sciences as well as Head of the Department of Management Studies at the University of the West Indies (UWI).

Prior to his stint at the UWI, he was a Professor of Economics at Washington University after completing his Doctorate at the University of Wisconsin. He was also a visiting professor at Makerere University in Uganda.

He was appointed to the Kingston College Board in 1995 and later served as Chairman. He also served on the Board of the Kingston College Development Trust Fund.

On October 18, 2010, the Government of Jamaica conferred him with the Order of Jamaica (OJ), the country’s fifth highest national, for service to the public and contribution to the fields of agriculture, industry, and education.

He has worn many hats - noted among them are:

  • Consultant to the Government of Jamaica in a number of areas up to 1979.
  • Member of the Public Utilities Commission
  • Executive Chairman, Jamaica Public Service
  • Chairman National Development Bank
  • Chairman’s Jamaica Development Bank
  • Chairman, National Commercial Bank and Mutual Life
  • Chairman, Police Service Commission and Police Civilian Oversight Authority
  • Chairman of the Caribbean Policy Research Institute
  • Group Managing Director, Jamaica Producers Group
  • Director, Kingston Wharves Limited
  • Director Caribbean Maritime University

Dr. Hall was instrumental in reviving the banana industry and the development of the banana export industry during his tenure at Jamaica Producers Group as a Director then Group Managing Director.

In a tribute to Dr, Hall, the Prime Minister of Jamaica noted “Jamaica has lost one of its foremost academic thinkers and business leaders…” He continued “Dr. Hall has made an incalculable contribution to national development and Jamaica will continue to benefit from his legacy for generations to come”

Tributes also came from the Opposition Leader, the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica, the Shipping Association of Jamaica (among others) all highlighting his positive impact on national development.

The Fortis Nation takes pride in the fact that Dr. Hall has built a great legacy - a legacy that will benefit many future generations.

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