The College of William & Mary is honoring brothers Channing and Lesslie Hall, Washington and Lee alumni who are lifelong Williamsburg, Va., residents, with the college’s annual Prentis Award.
The Prentis Award is given to those people whose civic involvement benefits the community and the College. The award is named in honor of the Williamsburg family whose 18th-century shop on Duke of Gloucester Street was a hub of colonial life.
In announcing the award, William & Mary President Taylor Reveley referred to the Hall brothers’ “selfless service” to their community.
In fact, as Channing noted in the news release about the award, he and Lesslie represent the fourth successive generation of Halls to be actively involved in the affairs of the Williamsburg community and the College of William & Mary. “Although we have done little to deserve this award compared to them, we are indeed pleased and flattered to receive this honor on behalf of all the Halls,” Channing said.
Channing graduated from W&L in 1981; Lesslie in 1986. Both majored in politics and both were members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.
Channing is an attorney who worked for the Senate of Virginia in the office of the clerk, served as a clerk for the Hon. Laurence J. Whalen in the United States Tax Court, and then went into private practice in Williamsburg. He later served as founder and partner in the law firm Hale & Hall, P.L.L.C., and returned to his own practice in 2000.
Lesslie has been a realtor for The Wood Agency Inc. and, currently, Hornsby Real Estate Co.
Together, the Hall brothers have been involved in almost every conceivable civic organization in Williamsburg. Channing has been a member of the Williamsburg City Council and has also served as the vice mayor of the City of Williamsburg. He has been on and chaired numerous boards and committees, including Bruton Parish Church, Williamsburg Landing, Doctor’s Hospital of Williamsburg, Williamsburg Music Association (Williamsburg Symphonia), Kiwanis Club and the Williamsburg YMCA. Lesslie has served as a member of the Williamsburg Volunteer Fire Department and as president for 21 years. Lesslie has also served in various roles in groups such as the Williamsburg Jaycees, the Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg, the United Way of Greater Williamsburg, Williamsburg Area Association of Realtors and numerous other organizations.
The award will be presented on May 11.