Robert L. Hall

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Robert L. Hall
Born Green Bay, Wisconsin
Died Libertyville, Illinois
Cause of death carcinoid cancer
Nationality American
Citizenship Stockbridge-Munsee Community
Scientific career
Fields Anthropology
Institutions University of Illinois, Chicago

Robert L. Hall (February 8, 1927 – March 16, 2012) was an American anthropologist.

Early years and education[edit]

Hall was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and his mother and her family were members of the Stockbridge-Munsee Community.[1] He earned a B.A. with highest honors from the University of Wisconsin, Department of Anthropology 1950 and an M.A. in 1951 and received his Ph.D. in 1960. In 1951–1952 he was a Thayer Scholar at Harvard University.[2]


Robert Hall specialized in the ethnohistory, ethnology, and archaeology of the Great Plains and Midwestern United States, the beliefs, rituals, and symbolisms of North American and Mesoamerican indigenous peoples, Mesoamerican calendar systems, and the history of Native American-European contacts.[3]

He was a professor emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the Department of Anthropology and the adjunct curator emeritus of Plains and Midwestern archaeology and ethnology at the Field Museum in Chicago.


  1. ^ a b Reese, Ronnie (22 March 2012). "Robert Hall, 1927-2012". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 9 January 2016. 
  2. ^ Curriculum Vitae:Robert L. Hall, The Field Museum, 2008 
  3. ^ "Prof. Robert Leonard Hall Obituary: View Robert Hall's Obituary by Chicago Suburban Daily Herald". Retrieved 2012-09-11.