Thomas B. “Tommy” Haller ’51

Dr. Thomas B. Haller, 91, retired dentist in Pulaski, VA passed away Saturday, March 26, 2022. Born in Pulaski in September 1930 to Dr. and Mrs. Alexander Haller, Tommy made Pulaski his home, apart from his time in college and his service with the U.S. Coast Guard.

He attended Davidson College where he played basketball and excelled in school, while also meeting his future wife, Lillian Haller, who attended Queens College nearby. They have been married for almost 70 years. He did his military service in the Coast Guard and attended Medical College of Virginia to finish his studies in dentistry. Tommy then began his dental practice in the Town of Pulaski in 1959.

Along with his surviving wife, Lil, the couple raised three children in the county; Dendy Haller Askins, Allison Haller Hunter (John) and Thomas B. Haller, Jr. (Linda), along with numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren that he was extremely proud of. Tommy was also preceded in death by his beloved brother, Dr. J. Alex Haller, Jr.

Tommy was a lifelong active member of First Presbyterian Church in Pulaski and his dedication to it, its membership, and its mission was a cornerstone of his life. Tommy also took great pride in his community and was instrumental in creating several organizations including the Pulaski County United Way and was also involved with establishing the Emergency Needs Task Force, Free Clinic and Daily Bread, all located in Pulaski.

He was also proud of his role in building the Pulaski YMCA shortly after returning to the county. And finally, he was an avid golfer and long-term member of Thorn Spring Golf Club in Pulaski where he served in numerous club leadership capacities and enjoyed many great times and fellowships with all of his many golf buddies.

His children would tell you that Tommy’s life was a testament to a life of “giving back,” something his father had instilled in him at an early age, and he carried with him through the end of his days.

Funeral services will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, Pulaski, VA at 2 pm on Saturday, April 2nd with Rev. Graham Mitchell and Rev. Terrie Sternberg officiating. Visitation will be on Friday, April 1st at Stephens Funeral Home from 5-7 pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to any of his favorite organizations; First Presbyterian Church/Daily Bread, Pulaski YMCA or any other local charity in the Pulaski community.