Traumatic Brain Injury


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It was a very, very vibrant and incredibly talented and incredibly loving
group of people. 
—Sands Hall, sister of Oakley Hall lll

In THE LOSS OF NAMELESS THINGS, Oakley Hall’s family and the band of actors who followed him into the upstate New York wilderness to build the Lexington Conservatory Theatre (LCT) share their recollections of Hall, his genius and the terrible accident that took it away.

Read updates about the Hall family and the artists and actors who were touched by Hall and his life-changing experience.

Oakley Hall III, a middle-aged Caucasian man with curly, graying hair, a heavy mustache and Colonel Sanders-type facial hair, wearing a shirt, tie and jacket; he looks at the camera, his brow furrowed

Oakley “Tad” Hall III

I think I remember the night. I remember, I think, walking across the bridge, which I didn’t make it all the way across.

Oakley Hall lll lives in Nevada City, California where he is at work on his memoir, Alf & Me.

Oakley Hall II, a Caucasian man with short grey-white thinning hair, a white beard and mustache wearing a blue shirt.

Oakley Hall II

[Tad] had an IQ of a 185 or a 189. I was kind of intimidated by that because…I didn’t think anybody was smarter than I was. And here he was, a whole lot smarter.

Oakley Hall II is the father of Oakley Hall III. The senior Oakley lives in San Francisco and Squaw Valley, California with his wife of 60 years, Barbara Hall. He is the author of more than 20 works of fiction, including Warlock, Separations and the Ambrose Bierce mystery series. He is best known for The Downhill Racer, the basis for a 1969 Robert Redford film. Hall was the director of programs in writing at UC Irvine for 20 years. He is also director of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. In 1998, he received a PEN Center USA/West Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement. In 2004, he was awarded the Poets & Writers/Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award.

Barbara Hall, a Caucasian woman with long white hair that is pulled back and silver drop earrings wearing a lavender shirt

Barbara Hall

When we got the phone call that he’d gone off the bridge…I just screamed to the heavens, saying, let him keep his brain.

Barbara Hall is the mother of Oakley Hall III. She lives in San Francisco and Squaw Valley with her husband, Oakley Hall II.

Tracy Hall, a Caucasian woman with hazel eyes and brown hair, with pronounced wrinkle lines between her brows

Tracy Hall

My father just didn’t deal with it. And didn’t deal with it well. I think my mother was frightened for my dad’s grief.

Tracy Hall, the sister of Oakley Hall III, lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Sands Hall, a Caucasian woman with long dark hair wearing a green shirt and a dark jacket, she wears a short string of silver beads and a drop earring is visible in her right ear

Sands Hall

I think particularly his being the first and only boy, and the eldest, put a huge amount of pressure to be somebody.

Sands Hall, the sister of Oakley Hall III, is a novelist, playwright, actress and director in Nevada City, California. Her novel, Catching Heaven, was a finalist for the Willa Award for Best Contemporary Fiction and is a Random House Reader's Circle selection. Her book on writing, Tools of the Writer's Craft, was published in 2005.

A Caucasian woman with long blonde hair wears a white turtleneck and dark shirt

Brett Hall-Jones

He was competing with Dad…Can’t be healthy. You know, competing with your own father…about artistic matters.

Brett Hall-Jones, the sister of Oakley Hall III, is the director of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers.

A Caucasian man with salt and pepper hair and a receding hairline wearing a light green striped shirt

Louis B. Jones

Just forming sentences has been something Tad Hall’s mending brain wanted to do.

Louis B. Jones, the brother-in-law of Oakley Hall III, is the author of the novels Ordinary Money, Particles and Luck and California's Over. He is married to Oakley’s sister Brett.

Dr. Steven Boch

I remember getting his vital signs and his heart stopped so I put a needle into his heart with epinephrine.

Dr. Steven Boch, who saved Oakley Hall III’s life the night of his accident, now practices medicine in Albany, New York.

Bruce Bouchard

Here was this scraggly-ass dude with dirty hair, who was without any question…the most magnetic person you ever met.

Bruce Bouchard attended UC Irvine and the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco with Oakley Hall III, and was a founding member of LCT. He is currently a freelance producer living in upstate New York. His recent project, The Tricky Part, won an Obie Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award and his next project, Bartleby the Schrivener, opens at the Blue Heron Theatre in New York City.

Kate Kelly Bouchard

None of the other men had quite that quality…He could use his glorious maleness to get anybody to do anything, including the guys.

Kate Kelly Bouchard, a former LCT member, is an actor and voice teacher in New York.

Robin Campbell

…he was just so vulnerable. He could forget where he was, where he lived.

Robin Campbell lived with Oakley Hall III after his accident. She now lives with her partner and his 12-year-old grandson on a truck farm in the Midwest.

Patricia Charbonneau

I said…I’d like to do anything I can for you guys this summer. I want to be an actress. And they all kinda looked at me and went, ‘okay.’

Patricia Charbonneau, a former LCT member, is an actor who has appeared in the films Desert Hearts, K2 and Manhunter. She is based in New York City and Los Angeles.   continued »

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