David C. Hall
Hometown: Boston, MA
Team: Track & Field

David C. Hall '01
Boston, MA
Track & Field
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David C. Hall ’01 was Brown’s first Olympian. Captain of the track squad on College Hill for three years, he won the N.E. championship in the mile twice, set a national half-mile record, and held the N.E. A.A.U. 10-mile title for four years. He had collected 107 trophies before he made the 1900 Olympic team that competed in Paris. In a trial heat, Hall established an Olympic mark of 1:56.2 for the 800-metres on a grass track. In the Olympic finals, Hall finished third to A.E. Tysoe of Great Britain and Cregan of the U.S., although the winning time of 2:01.2 was far slower than Hall’s pace in the trials. Except for a freak accident, Brown’s first Olympian might have been a gold medal winner. Running a close second at the halfway mark, Hall suddenly had his right shoe torn off when Cregan accidentally stepped on his heel. Hall earned a Sc.M. degree at the University of Chicago in 1903, and an M.D. from Rush Medical College in 1907. He served as a Colonel in charge of the American Ambulance Corps on the Italian front during World War I. The native of Boston taught at the University of Oklahoma for two years and then went to the University of Washington as Professor of Hygiene and University Health Officer. When he retired in 1947, the Board of Regents renamed the student health building the David C. Hall Health Center.