Barbara Abbott Hall was born in Fort Fairfield, Maine on February 19, 1920. She grew up in Turner and Hallowell, where he father taught school. She attended Bates College and graduated in the class of 1942. She knew John Donovan and Frank Coffin, as well as other prominent Bates graduates. She and her husband Richard Hall, whom she met while working at Harvard, have contributed extensively to the Bates campus through financial contributions and volunteering in alumni organizations. She and her husband, both Democrats, have been interested in Maine politics and Edmund S. Muskie throughout the years.
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Christie, Nicholas, "Hall, Barbara Abbott oral history interview" (2001). Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection. 156.