James Philip ‘Phil’ Hall M.D.
Dec. 18, 1956 – Sept. 6, 2021
James Philip “Phil” Hall M.D., 64, of Altoona, passed away at his residence Monday evening. He was born in Lewistown, son of the late James Tyson and Suzanne (Boden) Hall. Phil married his wife, Paula J. Tsikalas, on Oct. 22, 1983, at Holy Name Catholic Church, Ebensburg.
Surviving are his wife; four daughters: Angela (Patrick) Ross; Rachel (Chad) Lauver and their children, Nora and Claire; Patricia Hall; and Jaclyn (Abraham) Waddell O.D. and son, Odin; a brother, John (Beverly) Hall Ph.D. and son, Wyatt (Jeena) Hall and their children, Hannah, Charlotte and Abbigail, and son, Matthew Hall.
Phil is also survived by his mother-in-law, Jean (Duman) Tsikalas; four brothers-in-law: Perry (Kim) Tsikalas and their daughter, Kelsey (Matt) Riehle, and their children: Russell, Christopher (fiancee Kayla), Chad and Jacob Tsikalas; Robert Tsikalas and his children, Robert II and Kamryn; Patrick Tsikalas and his children, Gino and Luca; and Brian (Jeannette) Tsikalas and their daughter, Chloe; and a sister-in-law, Lisa Tsikalas.
He is also survived by his cousins: Katie (Denny) Brown, Jim (Bonnie) Boden, Gary (Sonya) Boden, Peg (Keith) Raub, Allen (Jeri) Hall, Nan (Jay) Lilley and Brenda (Chuck) Russell along with their families.
Preceding him in death was his father-in-law, Spero G. Tsikalas; and a nephew, Brandon Tsikalas.
Phil was a graduate of Springbrook High School, Silver Spring, Md., Class of ’74; Penn State University Class of ’78 pre-med graduate and University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore Class of ’82. He did his family practice residency at Allegheny Family Physicians, Altoona, until 1985. He was board certified in family practice and loved sports medicine. He opened his own practice in Clendenin, W.Va., with his RN wife, Paula, to fulfill a Public Health Corp commitment until 1991. He was then employed by Glendale Area Medical Center with fellow physician Jay Robinson M.D., retiring in 2014.
He wore many hats: Altoona VA Medical Center, PSU Altoona student health physician for 10.5 years, Saint Francis University lectures for PA program, preceptor for Altoona Family Physicians, family planning in Bellefonte and State College and ER in St. Mary’s. He was an Eagle Scout and a lifetime member of Boy Scouts of America. He also helped Paula with Girl Scout events and made a delicious cobbler. Phil loved sports. He was the physician for Glendale and Bellwood football games and for Imagine Wrestling (previously KCW). He coached girls’ softball for 19 years through Keystone Girls Softball and Bishop Guilfoyle High School. He followed Penn State football, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs (while in Chicago), Baltimore Orioles (while in medical school) and especially the Altoona Curve, where he was a team physician since 1999. He loved working with the Curve organization from top to bottom and loved treating the players and staff and singing the National Anthem with the “Hanging Curves” in less than 1 minute. He was a member of the Curve Boosters and helped transport players, staff and family members.
His love of singing started at 3 when he sang in the cherub choir in State College, the PSU choir and every church he attended along the way, until finally landing at the Providence Presbyterian Church for the last 30 years.
Phil was a member of Providence Presbyterian Church where he served as a Deacon, Elder, property committee member, food pantry worker, choir member, played cello with Barb on piano, bell choir, taking care of the roses and other flowers and whatever the church needed.
He, along with his wife, daughter, Angie and husband, Patrick, were co-owners of Tygart Mountain Sports in Ludlow, Vt., since 2014 and enjoyed a wonderful family trip to Vermont in July 2021.
Phil loved being a physician, reading, mowing and gardening, cooking, swimming, playing tennis with Rick, coaching and playing softball, singing with the choir, playing the cello, kayaking, biking, jitterbugging, babysitting P3 (Paul Matthew Conway) and traveling to see new places, family and Pirates Spring training. He was an honorary Catholic, helping with many events at St. Therese with Paula and “the girls.” He even became a kitten whisperer and will be missed by Pepsig and Indi and the turtles, Hardrock and Coco. He was intelligent and knew something about almost everything. He had a great sense of humor, and was a wonderful son, husband, brother, father, grandfather “Pacha” and friend. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Friends will be received 1:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021; and from noon until the 1 p.m. funeral service Monday, Sept. 13, 2021, at Providence Presbyterian Church, 2401 Broad Ave., Altoona, with Pastor Dennis Braun and Father D. Timothy Grimme officiating. Committal will be at Ss. Peter & Paul Roman Catholic Cemetery, Altoona.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations to be made to Providence Presbyterian Church, 2401 Broad Ave., Altoona.
Arrangements are by Stanley J. Krish Funeral Home Inc., 1204 17th St., Altoona.