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John C. Hall, Jr., Labor Executive, Dies at 84
John C. Hall, Jr., an executive in the entertainment and labor fields for over 50 years, died of cancer on November 10, 2013. He was 84.
In his dual role as Trustee and chief executive of both the Music Performance Trust Fund (MPTF) and the Film Fund from 1992 until his retirement due to health reasons earlier this year, Mr. Hall probably employed more professional musicians than any other person in the world, as the two organizations shared the same mission: to present admission-free, live musical performances of high quality to the people of the United States and Canada and to make live music a part of every child's school experience.
Prior to joining the MPTF, Mr. Hall was National Executive Director of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (now SAG-AFTRA). He began his tenure with that union in 1977 and was elevated to the top administrative position in 1985. As AFTRA's chief executive, he was responsible for supervising the 80,000-member union's national staff, negotiating national contracts for television, radio, sound recordings and industrial presentations, and providing a wide range of services for actors, news broadcasters, singers, dancers, sportscasters and other entertainers. He was also the Executive Secretary of the Four As, the umbrella organization through which, at that time, the performing arts unions were affiliated with the AFL-CIO.
Mr. Hall, who held degrees in law and music and attended the University of Rochester, Columbia University and the Eastman School of Music, began his career as a makeup artist for films and then was Business Agent for Makeup and Hairstylist Local 798 and Wardrobe Local 764. Later, he was Assistant to the President of the American Federation of Musicians and, following that assignment, was for many years the Special Assistant for International affairs to the President of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. In this capacity, he undertook numerous U.S. State Department assignments to Europe, Latin America and Asia, representing leading organizations in the communications and entertainment industries.
In addition, he was the United States representative to the International Federation of Actors (FIA), President of the International Secretariat of Entertainment Organizations (ISETU) and Chairman of the Federation of Spectacular Workers (FITA). He also served on the National Board of Advisors of The Actors Fund.
Mr. Hall is survived by his wife, Sadie Zuzzolo Hall; his children, Lisbeth Hall Cahill, Jennifer Hall, John Hall, Y-Ling Hall and Blyth Hazen; grandchildren Adrianne Cahill, Justin Hall and Isabel Hall; and many loving nieces and nephews.
There will be a memorial service at St. Malachys, The Actors Chapel at 239 West 49th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue) in Manhattan on Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 10:30am.