The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office recently honored Glynn “Doc” Hall on his “retirement” from service to the agency.
Hall had served as the volunteer chief pilot for the ECSO Air Wing for more than four years. He was presented with a plaque thanking him for his “unselfish dedication to Ellis County.”
While serving as chief pilot, Hall assisted with the development of an operational manual for the Air Wing along with a curriculum and training program for tactical flight officers. TFOs are commissioned/sworn officers who are onboard the aircraft when it is in the air.
“We flew patrols and had callouts. There also were emergencies to attend to,” said Hall of the Air Wing’s responsibilities. “It was a lot of volunteer time; it was enjoyable.”
Hall received his pilot’s certificate in 1956 and has amassed more than 8,000 hours, including crop dusting, flight instructing, charter work and banner towing. He holds commercial, single-engine, multi-engine, instrument, ground instructor and flight instructor certificates and ratings.
Alongside his years as a pilot, Hall’s primary career was in higher education/academics. Hall spent 36 years in university work, primarily in graduate teaching and administration. Eighteen years were spent with the Southwestern Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, where he served as the first academic dean and later first full-time president. He moved to Waxahachie in 1996 and served as the inaugural dean of the graduate program at Southwestern Assemblies of God University.
He later resigned from that deanship to work for American Airlines for a few months but was subsequently called to another deanship with SAGU, where he continued serving until his retirement four years ago.
During its December 2013 commencement ceremonies, the university honored him with the designation of Dean Emeritus.
Hall has now moved to Springfield, Mo., where he says he will continue to pilot and remain active.
“I will never completely retire,” he says with a smile.