The business community honored local philanthropic couple John and Donna Hall at the 2015 Commerce Lexington annual dinner Thursday with the W.T. Young Lifetime Achievement Award.
A 1955 graduate of Vanderbilt University and co-captain of the Commodore football team, John Hall began working at Ashland Inc. in 1957 as a chemical engineer. He spent 40 years at Ashland, retiring as chief executive officer in 1996 and chairman of the board the following year. Donna Hall earned a degree in secondary education from the University of Georgia in 1968.
The couple's causes and service span a wide range of interests, from the arts to business, education to health care, history and athletics.
John Hall serves on the board of trustees of Transylvania University, and has received honorary degrees from the University of Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky, Kentucky State, Marshall, Morehead State, Northern Kentucky and Transylvania universities. He is a past president of the Markey Cancer Foundation and still serves on this board. He also has served on the boards of the Blue Grass Community Foundation, Commonwealth Fund for KET, Kentucky Historical Society Foundation, Leadership Kentucky and Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Additionally he was state chairman for the U.S. Olympic Committee.
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Donna Hall serves on the boards of Berea College, the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, UK's Gaines Center the Humanities, Headley-Whitney Museum, Shakertown, Kentucky Art and Craft Foundation and the art museum at UK.