Lanny Hall reports lymphoma in remission

Lanny Hall , pictured with his wife Carol, spent more than a quarter-century in Christian higher education, serving as president at three Texas Baptist universities. (HSU File Photo by Phil Dosa)

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Lanny Hall, past president of three Texas Baptist universities, announced on social media his oncologist assured him he is in complete remission from lymphoma.

“Today I met with my M.D. Anderson (Cancer Center) oncologist who told me that my ‘head-to-toe’ PET scan revealed that I am in complete remission,” Hall posted March 24 on Facebook.

Hall had announced in mid-January he was diagnosed with Stage 4 Follicular Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He began chemotherapy treatment at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston on Jan. 22.

In his March 24 social media post, Hall said his third treatment cycle was scheduled March 25-27, and his last two treatments would be in Abilene.

“Carol and I are thankful to the Lord for this extraordinary blessing and to all our friends and family for their prayers and concern,” he wrote.

When contacted by the Baptist Standard, he reemphasized his appreciation, saying: “I thank God for the overwhelming prayer support over the last three months. Carol and I have been exceedingly blessed by the expressions of love and concern from so many.”

Hall was president of three schools affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas—Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Howard Payne University in Brownwood and Wayland Baptist University in Plainview—over the course of 25 years.

Actually, he served twice as president at Hardin-Simmons—from 1991 to 2001 and again from 2009 to 2016. He also was chancellor at HSU from 2001 to 2003.

Previously, Hall served three terms in the Texas House of Representatives. His varied career also included stints as a congressional aide, a public school educator, a state agency executive and a university professor.

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