In Memory

Robert Rankin Hall - Class Of 1944

Robert Rankin Hall

Robert Rankin Hall, a well-known pioneer in the San Diego County flower industry, died December 20, 2011, in his Leucadia home after a short battle with cancer. Born September 4, 1926 in Los Angeles, he served in the US Navy during World War II as a communications expert. Following his service in the Navy, Robert attended Kenyon College in Ohio, receiving a bachelor's degree in mathematics. Upon graduation, he moved to Encinitas and began working in the newly developing flower industry, learning his craft from the early Encinitas pioneers.

In 1951 he started Robert R Hall, Inc, first focusing on cut flowers before ultimately becoming a leading grower of potted chrysanthemums and poinsettias. Robert was instrumental in the implementation of many industry-changing developments, including the use of plastic greenhouses, electric lighting to stimulate plant growth, and the incorporation of air freight, which opened up the world market of perishable products. 

In 1959 Robert married Elisse Vogel, and were married for 37 years until her passing. They lived in the Encinitas residence on Santa Fe Drive their entire marriage where they raised three sons. Robert was active in his flower business until the property was sold to the city of Encinitas in 2001.

He was preceded in death by his wife Elisse. He is survived by his three sons, Bruce, Rob, John, and their families, including five grandchildren and two step-grandchildren. Robert will always be remembered for his directness, honesty, privacy, and for being a great father.

San Diego Union Tribune, January 8, 2012