By Eric Francis
Woodstock resident Dr. Hasse Halley was killed Saturday morning while walking with her dog when a pickup truck struck her moments after she stepped out of her driveway onto Route 4 near the Rec Center on the western edge of the village.
No one else was injured in the 8:40 a.m. accident, and Woodstock Police spent the rest of the morning conducting an extended accident investigation at the scene and interviewed the driver of the pickup truck at the police station over the noon hour.
“Hasse was the primary mover-and-shaker in the volunteer flood relief effort here in the Woodstock area working tirelessly,” her friend Jeff Kahn said Saturday morning.
“She left her home and went to cross Route 4 on the bridge that goes over the Ottauquechee River when a pickup truck hit her and she died instantaneously right there in front of her home,” Kahn explained.
“She was on her way to meet (Representative) Allison Clarkson to help run the volunteer effort at the Town Hall,” Kahn noted.
Dr. Halley had just become the head of the education program at the Killington Mountain School but for years she has been associated with Woodstock Union High School, having at one point served as the head of the English Department at WUHS.
“She has a deep and long resume of achievements in her life,” Kahn noted, “She was a bright force for volunteerism and caring for the community and educating our kids. She was a bundle of organized energy.”
“She briefly owned the Shiretown bookstore for a year, she was trying it out but that really wasn’t her thing,” Kahn said, “Education was her passion. She was once the head of a day school down in Rhode Island but she loved Woodstock and the Woodstock community.”
Halley was also a “tremendous force” at Pentangle Council on the Arts, where she served as the house manager, organizing all of the participants and making sure the shows went on.
A private family funeral was held this morning at Shir Shalom in West Woodstock, and a community-wide memorial service will be held at Woodstock Union High School Sunday on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 2 p.m.
By Eric Francis