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Robert A. Hall, MEd, CAE, Executive Director of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, has been an association executive since 1982, following a career in politics.
He was elected to the Massachusetts State Senate in 1972, defeating a Democrat incumbent by 9 votes out of 60,000 cast, in a 4-1 Democratic district last won by a Republican in 1938. He was reelected 4 times by large margins, and was nominated by both parties in 1976, retiring undefeated 1982.
Hall holds an AA from Mount Wachusett Community College, a BA in government from the University of Massachusetts and an MEd in history from Fitchburg State. He is a Marine Vietnam veteran, having served four years in the regulars and, while a senator, another six in the reserves, finishing with the rank of Staff Sergeant.
A frequently-published freelance writer, Hall’s columns, articles, short stories and poetry have appeared in over 75 publications.
His book of anecdotes about the Marines and politics, The Good Bits, was published by www.authorhouse.com in 2005.
His book on association management, including this series on lobbying, Chaos for Breakfast: Practical Help and Humor for the Non-profit Executive, was published by ASAE in 2008, and is available at www.asaecenter.org. All royalties go to the Center for Association Leadership and the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation.
A new humor/self-help book, CYA: Protecting Yourself in the Modern Jungle, has been accepted for publication by PublishAmerica, and should be available late in 2010.
He married his first wife, Bonnie, in 1992. His granddaughter, Britnye, born in 2000, is the light of his life.