David Nalle

November 2, 1924August 2, 2013

David Nalle was born on November 2, 1924 in Philadelphia, PA and passed away on August 2, 2013 in Washington, DC


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Henry Parnass

January 14, 2014

I knew David because he married a close friend of my wife Barbara. She was Jane Oliver Nalle who died in Kabul in 1952. I was able to spend some years with David as a friend during his Washington days. He was a generous and caring friend. Henry Parnass, Saranac Lake, NY

Anne O'Leary

November 11, 2013

I am sad to learn of David Nalle's passing last summer. His kindness as a leader and mentor was unparalleled, epitomizing the very best of the old USIA. He continued to inspire us well beyond his retirement. I have fond memories of collaborating in Jordan, as David launched the Friendly Fellowships. My sincere condolences to the Nalle family. May you take comfort in knowing how many of us admired and respected David. He has blessed all our lives.

Steve Chaplin

August 16, 2013

I was a summer intern in 1966 assigned to the IAN office.David Nalle was one of my first supervisors. He was gracious with his time, knowledgeable about the region, a terrific administrator and thoughtful in his dealings with everyone. David was someone I always knew I could speak with as I sought background on my various assignments. He had a very dry wit and was an excellent listener. David was a wonderful, genuine and humble man and a great diplomat. I will miss him. Steve

August 7, 2013

It was our great good fortune to be a part of David's and Peggy's lives during their annual visits to their summer home in Somesville on MDI. To spend time in their company was something we looked forward to for the rest of the year. It will take us some time to accept David's absence and we will miss his delightful warm sense of humor and gracious manner. He was, for us, a source of true appreciation for the very best man can be.Love, David, and our love to you, Peggy.
Bob Garland and Gail Royal

Naomi Collins

August 6, 2013

While some people are about power, position, and status, David was always about substance, support, and teaching. Broadly educated, thoughtful, wise, and ethical, and always focused on large not petty issues, he was a quiet leader and a true gentleman.

JoDell Shields

August 6, 2013

David was a true gentleman and diplomat. I remember our time in NEA when we were all almost like family. David was such a fine human being and wonderful friend, he will me missed. Greatly.

August 5, 2013

David was a gentle man, and wise, whether in Moscow where we first knew him, or as the specialist which he became on Central Asia.The Foreign Service needs more men like David We will all miss him. All our condolensces to Peggy. Love Tom and Nancy Buchanan
Tom and Nancy Buchanan

robert gosende

August 5, 2013

I did not work with David until after he retired when we convinced him and Peggy to make a trip to the Moscow International Book Fair in 1988. I spent two intense weeks with him and Peggy then on my first visit to Moscow. I learned much about U.S./Soviet relations but more about David's wisdom and deep knowledge of public diplomacy and concern for others. He was a giant in our service at USIA and a superb role model in our profession.

Dave Grimland

August 5, 2013

David was my boss for the first dozen or so years in USIA...and while I didn't know Turkish during that time, I later learned a Turkish compliment thatone didn't use lightly, but describes David wonderfully:
"Cok insan bir adam" translated as "He wis/was a very "human" man.
He was a fine example of how to be a manager a mentor and a friend.
Dave Grimland

G. Claude Villarreal

August 4, 2013

David was one of the finest gentlemen I ever knew in the Foreign Service or anywhere else.