Inez Willoughby Hall was born in May 1923 on a farm in East Texas. She grew up with a large family, a caring community, and a lifelong love for reading.

Hall loves education and the joys that volunteering brings. She was the first in her family of six to go to college. Hall graduated from the North Texas State Teachers College now known as UNT. After college, she held a few jobs as a public and college librarian before pursuing a Medical Librarian Certification at Emory University. Hall then moved to New Orleans to become a librarian at the Tulane Medical Library, and she became a librarian at Emory Medical Library in Atlanta.

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After moving to Dallas, Hall became an elementary school librarian in 1960. While there her interest in collecting Newberry and Caldecott Award-winning books began. In 1971 she began volunteer work at the Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas. In 1971 Hall began volunteer work at the Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas. In 1973 Hall graduated with her Masters in Library Science from SMU while working full-time and volunteering at the hospital. Hall received the Texas Health Resources Volunteer of the Year award for her outstanding community outreach and volunteerism in 2010. Hall served as a volunteer at Presbyterian Hospital for 45 years. For 15 of those years, she worked in the hospital library. She retired from volunteer work in 2015 at the age of 92 years old.

To commemorate her 100th birthday, Hall donated her collection of Newberry and Caldecott award-winning books to the Dallas Public Library. Her collection is now on display in the Youth Discovery Center at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library.
Hall’s family and friends are looking forward to celebrating the centenary of her birth at the end of this month.  The 68-year resident of Dallas has lived in Lake Highlands for the majority of that time and now lives in Lakewood.

Happy 100th birthday and congratulations to Inez Willoughby Hall.