L.K. Hall’s first involvement with the YMCA was during his college years at Baker University. After teaching school for two years, he began working for the YMCA, helping to establish the Camp Wood YMCA (Kansas) in 1915.
He was hired by the International Committee of the YMCA to develop programs for rural youth and also spent seven years in China developing Boys’ Work programs in Shanghai and for the China National Council of YMCAs. Hall returned to the U.S. to attend Columbia University in 1925 and in 1928, he joined the faculty at the International YMCA College (now Springfield College), where he stayed for 15 years as the director of Boys’ Work Studies and later, the director of the Social Science Department.
Hall left Springfield College to become the interim editor of Association Press, the publishing enterprise of the National Council of YMCAs. He remained in this position for nine years until his retirement in 1952. In retirement, he served as the first director of the Association of Secretaries (today’s Association of YMCA Professionals) until 1957, and was also a visiting professor at George Williams College. Lawrence Hall died in 1979 and in 1992 was inducted into the YMCA Hall of Fame.
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