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Donald J. Hall Sr.

Donald J. Hall Sr.
Born (1928-07-09) July 9, 1928 (age 95)
Alma materDartmouth College (A.B.)
Occupation(s)Chairman and majority owner, Hallmark Cards
Adele Coryell
(m. 1953; died 2013)
Children3, including Donald J. Hall Jr.

Donald Joyce Hall (born July 9, 1928) is an American billionaire businessman, and the chairman and majority shareholder of Hallmark Cards, the world's largest greeting card manufacturer and one of the world's largest privately held companies. Hallmark's headquarters is in Kansas City, Missouri.

Early life

Donald Joyce Hall was born on July 9, 1928, to Elizabeth Ann (née Dilday) and Joyce Hall. His father was the founder and president of Hallmark Cards.[1][2] Hall graduated from Dartmouth College in 1950 with a Bachelor of Arts.[1]


Hall came to Hallmark in 1953 and became assistant to the president in 1954. In 1958, Hall became vice president. In 1966, after Hall served as administrative vice president and member of the board of directors of the company, Hall's father, Joyce Hall, retired as chairman, president, and CEO of Hallmark, handing full control of the company to Hall. In 1986, Hall stepped down as president and CEO of Hallmark, turning those positions over to Irvine O. Hockaday Jr., a native Kansas Citian and national businessman. Hall, however, retained the position of chairman of the board.[1][3]

Personal life

Hall married Adele Coryell (1931–2013) on November 28, 1953. They had three children, including Donald J. Hall Jr. Hall lives in Mission Hills, Kansas.[1][3][4]

Awards and honors

See also


  1. ^ a b c d "Donald J. Hall". NNDB. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
  2. ^ Ingham, John N. (1983). Biographical Dictionary of American Business Leaders, Volume 2. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 529. ISBN 0313239088.
  3. ^ a b "Forbes profile: Donald Hall". Forbes. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Adele Coryell Hall". The Kansas City Star. 2013-02-01. p. A10. Retrieved 2022-10-10 – via access icon
  5. ^ "Hallmark CEO is named Kansas Citian of the Year". Kansas City Business Journal.
  6. ^ "Contemporary Honorees". Kansas Business Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2021-02-11.
  7. ^ "Golden Plate Awardees of the American Academy of Achievement". American Academy of Achievement.
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