BRADENTON — Chances are if you raised a family in Manatee County sometime in the past 60 years, you knew pediatrician Dr. Irving Hall.
The Macon, Ga., native established Manatee Pediatrics in October 1954, becoming the county’s first pediatrician.
“You can’t go very far in this town without finding somebody he took care of when they were a child,” said Dr. Angus Graham.
Dan Hager was one.
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Dan Zoller another.
“He took care of me, my two brothers, my two sisters and my two children,” said Hager, the First America Bank chief executive officer. “Irving was the kind of guy who would go out of his way to look after not only his patients but the entire family unit.”
Dr. Hall cared for Zoller as a child — and as an adult.
“I had the flu bad about five years ago. He brought his black bag and came over to the house,” said Zoller, now retired from ZNS Engineering L.C. “You never see that anymore.”
Dr. Hall was one of the last of a bygone era.
He died Friday at the age of 86.
“We practiced back in the time when we made house calls,” said Dr. Graham, still practicing medicine after 55 years. “We’d ask folks to leave their porch light on so we could find their house and bring our little black bags. It was a much smaller town then, people knew everybody and it was very personal.”
Though the town grew, Dr. Hall never lost that personal touch, receiving a Dr. Irving E. Hall Day from the county commission after he retired in 2005.
“He was an outstanding physician, very wise, and would go to any length to help his patients,” Graham said. “He wanted to give them the best. If he couldn’t do it here, he would go out of his way to find out where they could go for proper care — and he’d go with them.”
“People knew Dad cared,” said daughter Dorinda “Bootsie” Hall Roberts.
“If someone had to go to the hospital, he’d go, too, and help as long as he could. He was very attentive.”
A naval aviator during World War II, Dr. Hall loved flying.
He also was extensively involved in the community.
Besides being on staff at Manatee Memorial Hospital, Blake Medical Center and then-Charter Hospital of Bradenton, Dr. Hall was an officer with numerous organizations.
Among them were:
n Manatee County Medical Society.
n Manatee County Committee of 100.
n Bradenton Kiwanis Club.
n Manatee County Historical Society.
n Hernando DeSoto Historical Society.
n Manatee County Athletic Foundation.
n West Coast Symphony.
“Dad was busy, but he always found time for us,” his daughter said. “Sharing him with the community was part of our daily lives.”
Dr. Hall was pre- deceased by a daughter, Jean Corlette Hall, and his wife, Tekla Jean Davis Hall, a sister, Ann Lowe, and brother, Cary.
He is survived by his children, Dr. Lee (Kathleen) Hall of Macon, Ga.; Dorinda “Bootsie” (Jeff) Hall Roberts of Tampa; Holly (Finian) Hall Mayotte of Bradenton; Hunter A. (Jennifer) Hall of Tampa; sister Dorothy (Gus) Hall Graham of Chattanooga, Tenn., and six grandchildren, Alden, Johannah, Ella, Tekla, Ryann and Paulina.
Visitation is 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the 43rd Street Church of Christ, 2300 43rd St. W., Bradenton, with a memorial service at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Tidewell Hospice Inc., 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota 34238, or Young Life, P.O. Box 14876, Bradenton 34280.
Condolences may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.