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Dr. Ernest "Willie" Wilson Hallford

February 18, 1946 - September 25, 2021
From: Royal, IA
Dr. Ernest "Willie" Wilson Hallford

Dr. Ernest "Willie" Wilson Hallford

Born: February 18, 1946
Died: September 25, 2021
Age: 75

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Professor Emeritus Willie Hallford, 75, passed away on September 25, 2021. He was born in Alabama to Homer and Mona (Shelley) Hallford and lived his childhood there. He graduated from the University of Alabama and Ohio State University. He taught in elementary schools in Louisiana. He then taught Psychology at Moorhead (MN) State University until retiring in 2010. In retirement he lived on a farm near Royal. He was an avid gardener, reader, and crossword solvera Dr. Hallford was preceded in death by his parents, siblings Martha Jane (Lamar) Gorham and their daughter Mona Jo, Lloyd Hallford (Frances Huggins),Carmie (William) Thompson, and Rebecca Hallford. He is survived by his sister Gale (Eric) Frame of Roanoke, Virginia, and his lifelong family friend John Lamb of rural Spencer, Iowa. He was also survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews, and many friends that loved himu Willie was loved by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Graveside Services will be 3:00 p.m., Saturday, October 9, 2021 at the Trimello Cemetery Royal, IA
Trimello Cemetery
Royal, IA


Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 7:30 AM
“I am so sorry to hear of Dr. Hallfords passing. He was my college professor at MSUM. I worked in his research lab along with my colleagues learning from Dr. Hallford the theory of flow by Csikszentmihalyi including creating research studies on this theory We went to Chicago to present our results of our research and had an amazing time walking through museums, presenting at the conference and attending a blues club. Dr. Hallford encouraged me to get my doctorate degree in psychology and helped me in deciding what colleges to apply to. I am so greatful to have had him in my life and I learned so much from him in my time at MSUM. He was an amazing human that had such a powerful influence on his students. He appeared to live what he to be in flow in the world. My deepest sympathies to Dr. Hallford's family. He will be deeply missed by many. ”
- Ashley Knos
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 2:05 PM
“I was very saddened to hear of Willie's passing. We were colleagues at MSUM for almost 20 years. Willie was a valuable member of the department and a great colleague and mentor to hundreds of students over the years. His lab was a welcoming space for many, and he had the capacity to see potential to all who approached him and wanted to work with him. My deepest sympathy to his family and friends.”
- Magdalene H Chalikia
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at 3:46 PM
“I worked with Dr. Hallford in the psychology department many years and he will be missed by all. He impacted hundreds if not thousands of students in his time at MSUM. I will always remember his lab as a welcoming open space that drew people in for conversation, collaboration, and scholarship. Willie was a kind and gentle soul who was generous with his time and talent and beloved by students and colleagues alike.”
- Lisa nawrot
Monday, October 11, 2021 at 11:22 AM
“My deepest sympathy to all that knew Willie. I extend to you my prayers of comfort during this time of great loss.
- Mari Lu Larson
Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 7:42 AM
“I was sadden to hear of Willie’s passing. Willie and I worked together in psychology department at MSUM for 25 years and he was very influential to faculty and students both in and out of the classroom. We all loved stopping by his lab to discuss life and philosophy. You never knew what the topic of the day would be. Condolences to his family and friends. ”
- Gary Nickell
Friday, October 8, 2021 at 5:27 PM
“I was sad to hear of Willie's passing away. I am a faculty member at Minnesota State University Moorhead and worked with Willie for many years. Willie was a treasured part of our department. He was a thoughtful colleague with a great sense of humor. His interests in art and music were always a part of his research and courses. Many of our students enjoyed hanging out in Willie's lab. He supported and encouraged students, and had a special way of connecting with students who may not have seen their potential - he really helped students see their own value. My sympathies to his family and dear friends. He had a big impact on many here at MSUM, myself included, and he will be missed.”
- Lisa Habedank Stewart
Friday, October 8, 2021 at 5:27 PM
“I'm so sorry to hear of Willie's passing. I worked with him in the Psychology Dept. at MSU Moorhead for more than 20 years. He was an integral part of the department and a favorite professor for many students. He had a positive impact on many lives. I'm glad I had the opportunity to know him and work with him. ”
- Peg Potter
Sunday, October 3, 2021 at 9:59 PM
“John, we are so sorry about Willie’s passing. Much love sent your way.”
- Wendell & Diane King
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