Bellisario College of Communications

Communications faculty member dies unexpectedly at 53

Jeanne Lynn Hall, a faculty member in the College of Communications, died unexpectedly Dec. 23 at Mount Nittany Medical Center in State College. She was 53.

Hall was an associate professor in the Department of Film-Video and Media Studies. She joined the Penn State faculty in 1992 and taught film theory, history and criticism. She received a number of honors as a faculty member, including the College of Communications Alumni Society’s Excellence in Teaching Award.

"Jeanne was a dedicated member of our faculty who always placed her students first. She cared deeply about them -- and it showed, whether she was teaching small honors courses to undergraduates; working with graduate students in seminars; or teaching hundreds of students in large lecture formats,” said Dean Doug Anderson. “Her students thought the world of her and profited greatly from her knowledge and her enthusiasm. She was a wonderful colleague."

Prior to joining the Penn State faculty, Hall taught at the Ohio University School of Film and edited a quarterly film journal, "Wide Angle." She earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Michigan, and a doctorate in film studies from the University of Wisconsin.

Condolences may be shared online at the website of the Koch Funeral Home in State College.

Jeanne Lynn Hall Credit: Penn StateCreative Commons

Last Updated October 17, 2019