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Newell J. Hall

Newell J. Hall, 82, died at Franciscan St. Francis Health-Indianapolis on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. He was a resident of Indianapolis.

He was born in Clinton to Newell P. Hall and Daisy Byram Hall, who preceded him in death. Newell was a U.S. Air Force veteran of four years and married to the love of his life, Peggy JoAnne Ferris. Peggy was his wife, best friend, companion, partner and mentor for 62 years, whom he credited with any successes he had in his life.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy; three daughters, Jan (Carter) Bowman, Joy Jewell (Scott Staggs) and Nancy (Michael) Puorro; grandchildren, Brianna Gough, Rob Gough, Sarah Puorro, Ryan Jewell, Sarah (Chad) Gaskin, Chris (Susan) Lepper, Joseph Bowman and Chad (Lori) Bowman; great-grandchildren, Kali Lepper, Gunner Lepper, Raigan Gaskin, Madilyn Gaskin and Haylie McLinn; and a sister, Marilyn (Jim) Smith.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Betty Hall and Gertrude Dawson.

Newell was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was a graduate of Arsenal Technical High School. He attended Indiana University and University of Illinois and graduated from Butler University in Indianapolis with a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy, later obtaining his doctorate in pharmacy.

Newell separated from the U.S. Air Force with a wife and new baby and began working as a TV repairman. He enrolled in night school at Butler University, studying pharmacology. He began working, doing odd jobs for the Hook’s Drug Store chain prior to graduating. Upon receiving his pharmacy license in 1966, Newell stayed with Hook as a pharmacist at the Windsor Village store in Indianapolis.

In the years that followed, Hook’s grew to more than 150 stores, and Newell passed through the ranks to become the chief operating officer in 1986 and president in 1988, while also serving as executive vice president of Hook-SupeRx Inc. During those years, Newell oversaw the advance of technology and served on a task force with other pharmaceutical companies as well as the DEA to develop the laws that currently govern drugs today. This led to meetings with several U.S. senators and meetings with the vice president of the United States.

Newell served as member and chairman of numerous professional boards, foundations and committees, some of which included: president and director of Hook Drug Foundation, member of the Upjohn Pharmacy Consultant Panel, chairman of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Inc., member of the Indiana Advisory Committee for Medical Assistance (Medicaid), member of Eli Lilly NACDS/Lilly Digest Advisory Committee, member of the Advisory Committee at Butler University College of Pharmacy, Indiana Public Health Association, president of Hook Federal Employees Credit Union, chairman of the local community park and recreation, and member of the Mayor’s Task Force on Drug Abuse in Indianapolis.

He also taught retail pharmacy management at Butler University and was a member of Rho Chi, Pharmaceutical Honorary Fraternity and Lambda Chi Alpha Social Fraternity.

He will be forever remembered, loved and missed.

The service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at G.H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home, 5141 Madison Ave., in Indianapolis. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be to the donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at ghherrmann.com.

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