Marshall Carter Hall Jr.
April 7, 2011
Carter Hall died peacefully on April 3, 2011, surrounded by his loving family. He was 90 years old. Carter co-founded Aspen Country Day School in 1969, with his wife Jamie, and served as its first headmaster.
Carter was born on Oct. 20, 1920, in Washington, D.C. to Marshall Carter Hall and Martha Grigg Hall. His father was a prominent D.C. railroad attorney who was offered, but turned down, the post of U.S. attorney general. His mother was a renowned pathology lab technician who worked at the National Institute of Health with Dr. Papenicola, the developer of the Pap smear. Carter earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Williams College and a master’s of education administration from Tulane University.
Many summers were spent as a counselor at Camp Tecumseh in Maine. He taught survival swimming, rehabilitation swimming and water safety during World War II at the National Lifeguard School.
He spent many years at St. Albans School in Washington D.C., first as a student, and later as a teacher, coach, director of high school athletics and assistant headmaster. Carter served on the board of directors of Boys Club of the Greater Washington D.C. Area.
Carter married Jamie Bennett Musgrave on April 8, 1960 and moved to New Orleans, La., where he became the headmaster of Metairie Park Country Day School. He was a visiting professor at the Graduate School of Education at both Tulane and Xavier Universities. He served as the president and board member of Community Adoption Service, and was also the president, vice president and treasurer of the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest.
The Hall family moved to Aspen in 1969, with their three children, to start Aspen Country Day School on the campus of the Aspen Music School. Carter served on the board of directors for the Wildwood School and on the Educational Development and Accountability committees for Aspen public schools.
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Over his long career, Carter taught fourth grade through graduate school. He taught all elementary school subjects, sacred studies, algebra, French, history, English, mental health, educational administration and supervision, and the psychological background of American education. He coached swimming, soccer, football, baseball and numerous summer camp activities.
He passionately loved his grandsons and carefully followed their sports activities.
He attended many of their local hockey, football and baseball games in his wheelchair, and at 90, had the honor of being the oldest fan in attendance. He lived his last years at Whitcomb Terrace in Aspen, where he made numerous friendships with residents, staff and visitors.
After his wife Jamie died, Carter began writing and soon published his memoir, “A Life Not Wasted.” His passion for educating the young went far beyond teaching and coaching. He inspired, motivated and changed many young lives in lasting ways.
The publication of his book allowed him to reconnect with former students and elicited many letters filled with gratitude and fond memories. Carter left behind a second manuscript which the family will publish shortly.
Carter was preceded in death by his wife, Jamie, and son, Christopher. He is dearly loved and missed by his son Marshall, daughter-in-law Julie, daughter Jaimbea, son-in-law Chance, grandsons Carter and John Christopher and granddaughters Petra and Mahanem.
Services will be held at The Aspen Chapel on Saturday, April 9 at 1:30 p.m. with a reception to follow at Whitcomb Terrace. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Aspen Education Foundation.