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Oswald Hall was a Professor in the Departments of Political Economy and Sociology at the University of Toronto from 1956-1974. His primary practical research interests centered on the sociology of work and the professions, especially medicine, focusing on doctors, chiropractors and paramedical specialties. He served on both the Royal Commission on Health Services and the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism. After retiring from the University of Toronto, he held sessional appointments with the University of British Columbia, the University of Calgary, the University of Waterloo, the University of Guelph, Trent University and Memorial University. He received an Honorary Doctorate from Carleton University in 1976 and was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1977. He died in Ottawa on 31 August 2007.