George Allen Hall
1917 - 2002
"To Mars & on to the stars"
of the folks in Alamogordo, New Mexico referred to George Hall
as a “space nut.” Some thought he was a bit eccentric.
He always referred to himself as an “Earthbound Astronaut.”
Even those who didn’t know George personally knew him by
his transportation. For decades he adorned his 1972 Cadillac with
red, white and blue decorations and covered it with drawings and
quotes about NASA, astronauts and the value of education. Before
that, it had been a VW Bus that looked more like a parade float
than a vehicle. That VW Bus was actually a traveling museum. If
you even turned your head in his direction, George would throw
open the doors to his mobile space bus and educate you with a
myriad of materials about his favorite subject…space.
George Allen Hall was born on Jan. 12, 1917. When he was 7 years
old, his family moved from El Paso, TX to Solano, New Mexico.
Leaving the big city behind, the darkness of rural New Mexico’s
night sky, which is still a draw for star-gazers today, surely
inspired George to begin “traveling through the universe
in my imagination.” He read of Columbus crossing the ocean
without knowing where he was going and thought, “Why not
me? But I want to go to space.”
Shortly after beginning college, George took a job as a teacher
in a one room school near Mosquero, NM. He later returned to college
where he took a course in aviation, received his pilot’s
license, and joined the Air Force. He was getting closer to his
In 1941, he joined the Marine Corps and was assigned as a non-commissioned
officer with the 3rd Marine Air Wing. He was later transferred
to the Flying Sergeants Training Center with his first duty station
being at Midway. On Dec. 7, he and his crew were at Pearl Harbor
when the Japanese attacked, wiping out their airplanes. After
Pearl Harbor, George was sent back to Midway where the Japanese
forces attacked and wiped out the planes again. He had survived
On leave in 1943, he returned home to marry his sweetheart, Floreine
Kuehn, who was a school teacher in Cimmaron. They later became
the proud parents of Gordon and Shirley. After the war, he earned
his Master’s Degree from USC and did further graduate work
After completing his own education, he and Floreine, as well as
his two children and one of his grandchildren, continued the family
legacy of teaching.
George was a much beloved Spanish and Audio-Visual Education
Teacher in Alamogordo, remembered as much for his sense of humor
and quirks as for his ability to reach out to young people. An
advocate for volunteerism, he devoted countless hours to the International
Space Hall of Fame which was built in Alamogordo in 1976. He also
gave space talks in the schools and senior centers. He was an
advocate for the advancement of the program throughout his life
and even applied to be the first teacher in space on the ill-fated
George left his earthly life behind on August 12,
2002. Although the dreams of a seven year old boy were never filled
in life, George will now accomplish his goal thanks to Space Services
Inc. His friends and family, who now include two great-grandsons,
will share in the realization of George’s dream when our
Earthbound Astronaut is earthbound no more.
God Speed Kapa.