Wade Hall, 81, an author and English professor who wrote the definitive book on Bellarmine University’s history, died Sept. 26 after a long illness.
Hall, an Alabama native who was the first in his family to graduate from high school, taught English at Bellarmine from 1969 to 1996, when he retired and became a professor emeritus. He returned to Alabama with his longtime partner, Gregg Swem, in 2006, where he taught creative writing at a local high school and continued his own literary work.
Among his dozens of books and plays, he is remembered at Bellarmine for writing High Upon a Hill: A History of Bellarmine College, in 1999. One of his last major works was A Kentucky Anthology: Two Hundred Years of Writing in the Bluegrass State, published in 2005.
In Louisville, he wrote prodigiously, publishing books, plays, interviews, humor, poems and scholarly works, often focusing on southern culture and history. For years, he hosted a weekly television program, Wade Hall’s Kentucky Desk, on KET’s Louisville affiliate, and he was editor of the Kentucky Poetry Review for more than 15 years.