F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural and Community Health
From the back seat of her father’s car, Marie Hall formed some of her earliest memories
of her father’s work. An only child, she remembers riding along as he made evening
house calls to the residents in the rural areas around Big Spring. Ms. Hall’s father,
G.T. Hall, M.D., was a rural primary care physician and surgeon in Big Spring. Armed
with a stethoscope and a black medical bag, his most important medical tool was a
This compassion, and a personal understanding of the challenges that residents of
rural communities face in accessing health care, instilled a vision in Ms. Hall—improving
rural health. Many years passed before the vision took shape. After high school, Ms.
Hall left Big Spring to attend Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She graduated
with degrees in English and French.
“I didn’t know how to do anything,” says Ms. Hall, “so I went to the Katherine Gibbs
Secretarial School in New York City. Oh, that was a wonderful time.”
Years later, an accomplished business woman and philanthropist, Ms. Hall developed
a passion for rural health.
Ms. Hall’s vision led her to TTUHSC 10 years ago, where she says a synergy took place
between her vision of a premier program that prepares health care professionals to
deliver care as a team, and that of David R. Smith, M.D., then TTUHSC president. Smith’s
vision was exemplary rural health care. Since then, TTUHSC has benefited from Ms.
Hall’s generosity with the establishment of an endowed chair for rural health and
opening of the synergistic center, a recreational and leisure facility for students.
The advances in rural health made by the TTUHSC during the last decade culminated
with the establishment of the F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural Health. Ms. Hall’s
gift is one of the most significant private donations in the university’s history.