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Doris Anne Gabriele Hallie

  • Birth 23 Feb 1932
  • Death 30 Jan 2005
  • Burial Middletown, Middlesex County, Connecticut, USA
  • Memorial ID 66867437

Doris Hallie, 72, died early Sunday morning at Hartford Hospital succumbing to injuries she suffered Saturday night after being struck by a motor vehicle.
Hallie, a former Middletown school teacher and an active member of the Vintage Players theater group, was volunteering her time Saturday night to help with the Oddfellows Playhouse "Big Beach Bash" fund-raiser.
"She was definitely at the top of her game, even though she was 72," said Jane McMillan, a friend of Hallie and an Oddfellows Playhouse board member. "She was bubbly and full of life."
Hallie's was mainly involved in adult theater, especially with the Vintage Players started by McMillan eleven years ago. Hallie at that point was doing stage readings.
"She was a star, leader and center. She was never a prima donna. She would roll up her sleeves to do work," McMillan said. "We're going to miss her."
At approximately 7:40 p.m. Saturday, Hallie was crossing Washington Street in a southerly direction about 126 feet east of Broad Street, according to Middletown Police Officer Craig Elkin. Hallie was not in a crosswalk when she was struck by an eastbound Chrysler LeBaron driven by Richard DeArmitt, 62, of Middletown, Elkin said. She was pronounced dead at 12:46 a.m. Sunday.
Hallie was involved in some projects during the early days of Oddfellows Playhouse youth theater, said Mimi Rich.
"She was important to lots and lots of people," Rich said. "Doris was a tremendous influence. She had an impact."
"For me it's a tremendous personal loss," said Marian Katz, a friend and neighbor of Hallie. Katz added Hallie was beloved by many and was "a ray of sunshine."
Hallie had been teaching drama and a creative thinking class through the Middlesex Adult Learning Center at Middlesex Community College. She was currently teaching a creative thinking and acting class to 25 people in MALC, Katz said.
"She took a tremendous interest of everything in all directions," Katz said. "She was a very, very special lady; one of a kind. She'll be so missed in so many directions."
"The community as a whole lost a great lady," she said. "She was a down-to-earth and lovely lady."
Besides being involved with the Vintage Players, Hallie in the recent past had also directed a one-act play for the Congregation Adath Israel's Misha Goss Repertory Theater. Hallie also directed the First Church of Christ's weekly Greek tragedy performances of the trilogy "The Oresteia" in 2003 and led a discussion on modern-day issues connected to the tragedies.
In recent years Hallie has also led book discussions at the Russell Library, as well as reading selections from entries in the John W. Paton Storytelling Contest. Hallie also judged the first oratorical contest for St. Sebastian School a few years ago.
Hallie taught French at Keigwin School from 1968 to 1984, as well as teaching in the school district's gifted and talented program, Middletown Schools Superintendent Carol Parmelee-Blancato said.
"She was a dynamic, vivacious person," she said of Hallie. "She was an outstanding teacher; a real committed educator. She really brought the language alive in the classroom."
Hallie was also involved in many student activities outside of the classroom including plays, Parmelee-Blancato said.
Hallie had also been an education faculty member at Wesleyan University. She was predeceased by her husband Philip, who had been a Wesleyan University professor. She had posthumously published her husband's final book, Tales of Good & Evil, Help & Harm.
Elkin, of the Middletown Police Department's Traffic Bureau, is continuing to investigate the accident.
DeArmitt and his passenger, Chantal DeArmitt, 57, were not injured in the crash, Elkin said. No charges have been filed yet.
In light of previous fatal accidents, Mayor Domenique Thornton said she is already looking into the situation on Washington Street.
"I'm going to demand the commissioner of transportation take a look into the corridor on Washington between Main (Street) and Wesleyan," said Thornton in a message left on voice mail. "We will look into lighting and safety."


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  • Created by: A Marines Daughter
  • Added: 13 Mar 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 66867437
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Doris Anne Gabriele Hallie (23 Feb 1932–30 Jan 2005), Find A Grave Memorial no. 66867437, citing Indian Hill Cemetery, Middletown, Middlesex County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by A Marines Daughter (contributor 47318984) .