The Governor family suffered a huge loss several weeks ago. Long time Teacher and Head Boys Basketball Coach passed away on January 9 at home in Flossmoor. He was at peace and no longer in pain. Coach Hall was a great son, loving brother, a faithful husband, a proud father and a dedicated teacher and coach. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in 1972 from CalPoly Technical Institute in San Luis Obispo, California and a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Chicago State University in 1979. He was dedicated to education, both in the classroom and on the “field of play.” For over 30 years, he was employed by the Hammond Indiana Public Schools as a Special Education Teacher at Morton High School He coached Freshman Football, Junior Varsity and Varsity Basketball and Varsity Golf. Additionally, he sponsored CPAAH, the Committee for Promotion of African American History, where he wrote and produced Morton’s annual Black History program for 10+years.
Robert was a sportsman; he bowled and played golf. He also loved music, especially jazz and the blues. A live performance was one of his favorite activities. He was stoic and remained calm and undeterred in almost all circumstances, including this final illness. Robert always tried to defy the constraints of his body. As a child, when he experienced asthma attacks, he refused to give in and continued to play and do what he wanted to do. He refused to give into the pain that his illness caused him. He continued to coach basketball as long as he could, and he maintained his dignity and composure through it all.
Robert’s parents preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Rogercarole; his daughter, Simone Banks(Chris); his twin sister, Joanne McClure; nieces: KIm Mccarter, Melissa and Jillian McClure; great nephews: Mathew and Malachi McClure; in-laws: Helen Rogers, Patricia Crozier, and Barry Rogers; along with nephews and nieces in-law, cousins, friends, co-workers, and current and past players who will miss his love, friendship, and coaching.
Our Governor family will truly miss him, but glad he is no longer in pain and is at peace. There will be a Memorial service soon present by the administration.