NW Quadrant, East of Rock Creek, Environmentalists, Federal Government Employees, Major Literary Awardees

Louis J. Halle
(1910 - 1998)

1423 Shepherd St. NW, Crestwood neighborhood, DC.

Halle was a naturalist, historian, philosopher, and a foreign policy specialist. He was a professor at University of Virginia and the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva. From 1941 to 1954, he was a member of the Policy Planning Staff in the US Department of State. Active in the local Audubon Society he was part of a postwar circle of naturalists in the area that included Roger Tory Peterson and Rachel Carson.

Halle is the author of 13 books on nature, travelogues, public policy and speculative fiction, including the beloved classic of nature writing Spring in Washington (1941). His books include the satirical-utopian novel Sedge (1963), Out of Chaos (1977), The Sea and the Ice: A Naturalist in Antarctica (1989), and The Cold War as History (1991). His book Birds Against Men (1938) won the John Burroughs Medal and his The Cold War As History (1968) was a finalist for the National Book Award.

Halle lived at this address near his beloved Rock Creek Park while working at the State Department in the 1950s.