Friends of Hollin Hills
Remembering FOHH Co-Founder David Shear
April 20, 1932 - July 5, 2022
David Shear was an expansive man who led an expansive life. He lifted people up wherever he was. His vision and innovative approach to economic problems made lives better throughout the world, both during his long USAID career in Africa, and later as an international consultant.
His life ranged from a rural childhood to teaching international development at Princeton. He created the Sahel Development Program in West Africa, led the USAID mission in Senegal, and chaired the Jane Goodall Institute. With Goodall, he successfully devised and promoted an alternate route for a proposed highway that would have disrupted the annual animal migration in the Serengeti, a rare and essential ecosystem.
He and his wife Barbara settled down in Hollin HIlls in 1968, where he was one of the founders of the Friends of Hollin Hills—an organization dedicated to preserving the parks and architecture of his own community.
We remember David for his booming laughter, infectious singing, general good cheer and his personal and professional courtesy and generosity. He and Barbara were famously gracious hosts and the heads of a large and sprawling family who come home often. It was wonderful to have been a part of David’s life and to fall within his sphere.
FOHH stands as an enduring example of his ability to bring people together to achieve something beyond themselves.
We will miss him.
See full Washington Post Obituary
Friends of Hollin Hills (FHH) is a non-profit dedicated to preserving, enhancing and educating the public about our unique mid-century modern neighborhood of Hollin Hills in Alexandria, Virginia. Our mission is to preserve the neighborhood's architecture, landscape, and 31 acres of public park land as a national historic resource for years to come.
Friends’ accomplishments include:
A 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization, Friends celebrates Hollin Hills' Historic, the Hollin Hills designation as a National and State Historic District.
See information on November 15 presentation of "Meet the Hollin Hills DRC (including sign up) and video of recent Friends' Conversation on the Fairfax County ARB here.