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Louise DeAngelis Hall, B.S.’42

A Writer’s Legacy

By Sorrell E. Chesin, Ph.D.

Set in New York’s Adirondacks, the murder mystery Look at this Day (hardcover published by Haldean Pub. Co.) transforms the area nearly into another character. Author Louise DeAngelis Hall, B.S.’42, captivates readers with vivid descriptions of towns and hamlets, rivers and streams, mountains and valleys, heightening the suspense surrounding the central question: Who did it and why?

Hall, who grew up near the Adirondack foothills in Johnstown, N.Y., graduated from the New York State College for Teachers with degrees in English and business education, and earned her master’s degree from Teachers College, Columbia University. She taught business subjects for 15 years before retiring to Sarasota, Fla., where she volunteered as a librarian.

Hall loved to write short stories but always wanted to write a book; with Look at this Day, published in 1997, she accomplished that goal. Her legacy also includes two UAlbany endowments: She established one for library support; the other for student aid. Hall passed away in 2006.

The World Within Reach

“I’m not a nutritionist, I’m just hungry,” Lisa Lillien, B.A.’87, says by way of introducing herself to visitors on her Web site, The self-described “foodologist” is, however, a New York Times bestselling author: Last spring, Hungry Girl 1-2-3: The Easiest, Most Delicious, Guilt-Free Recipes on the Planet shot to No. 1 on the Times’ bestsellers list in the “Paperback Advice” category, a year after Hungry Girl 200 Under 200: 200 Recipes Under 200 Calories made the list. Hungry Girl Happy Hour: 75 Recipes for Amazingly Fantastic Guilt-Free Cocktails and Party Foods was also published in 2010. Through a free daily e-mail service, Lillien offers “tips and tricks” – including recipes – to about 1 million subscribers.