Ufologist Richard Hall has died

Posted on July 20, 2009 by



Richard H. Hall

(December 25, 1930 – July 17, 2009)

On Friday I learned of the death of UFOlogist Richard Hall by way of an email sent from Jerome Clark through the UFO UpDates eList:

I have just received word that veteran ufologist Richard Hall,
who was both a friend and hero to me, died this morning of the
cancer he had been fighting.

Ufology has lost a giant.

Jerry Clark


Richard Hall was a very significant researcher and historic advocate for rational and scientific investigation of the UFO phenomenon. He was rather unflinchingly anti-paranormal and rejected the works of two of my favorite UFO researchers, Jacques Vallee and John Keel.

Falling on the heels of John Keel’s passing and the tributes to his work and falling within the slew of other “celebrity” deaths of late Hall’s passing perhaps signals that we are indeed moving into new ufological territories bereft of some of our best travelling companions and guides…

rhandkeyhoe2I never met or corresponded with John Keel but I did have the opportunity to meet and interact with Richard Hall at least a few times. At my first big UFO conference experience in 1992, at the annual MUFON symposium (that year’s was in Albuquerque, New Mexico) I found myself in line at the bar with Richard Hall. I struck up a conversation and immediately planted my foot deeply in my mouth by accidentally disrespecting him and obviating my lack of historical ufological knowledge by referring to him as “that columnist in UFO Magazine.” At the time I had a decent knowledge of the history of civilian UFO investigation organizations but I did not realize that Richard Hall had served for a decade helping the historic NICAP group (and Donald Keyhoe pictured to the right) as well as serving as Chairman of the Fund for UFO Research.

Years later, Mr. Hall was incredibly dismissive of some email list postings of mine on the previously mentioned UFO UpDates eList. All because I dared mention the Bilderberg meetings, thus branding myself a conspiracy nut and not worthy of his time. Oh well. I respected him then and I respect his legacy now.

Farewell Richard Hall! Your efforts shall be remembered.

 – SMiles Lewis

Here are the tributes, remembrances and obits from his peers and others in the ufological field:

  • Jerome Clark on Richard Hall
  • Dick Hall passes away…
    redstarfilms.blogspot.com/2009/07/dick-hall-passes-away.html Hat tip to posthumanblues
  • Veteran Ufologist Richard Hall Succumbs To Cancer!
  • Richard Hall Passes
  • Dick Hall Has Died, Lou Gentile Too
  • Further research links on Richard Hall…


    Video clip from Paul Kimball’s BEST EVIDENCE: Top 10 UFO Sightings  featuring Richard H. Hall

    Richard Hall
    ufoevidencerichardhhallThe UFO Page contains articles and essays by Richard Hall on significant UFO sightings, skepticism, scientific method, and politics as they bear on the …

    The UFO Evidence – Richard Hall
    Over thirty years of data since then have totally replicated its findings.  Now Available: The UFO Evidence . Richard Hall Brentwood, Maryland …

    8-March-2001 – Note: This timely and thoughtful article is provided by Richard H. Hall, a true legend among persons interested in UFO. …

    Richard H. Hall – Wikipedia
    Apr 25, 2009 … Richard H. Hall (1930 -) is a leading Ufologist and proponent of the extraterrestrial hypothesis to explain UFO sightings; …

    Richard Hall – UFO Researchers & People UFO Researcher: Brief Biography Richard Hall was born December 25, 1930, in Hartford, Connecticut. When the Korean War was imminent, …

    Trailer for BEST EVIDENCE: Top 10 UFO Sightings