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July 29, 2014 Published in Obituaries, Top Stories

Episcopal High School Mourns The Loss Of A Beloved Teacher, Coach, Mentor And Friend

Joe Halm (1963-2014)

Joe Halm (1963-2014)

With profound sadness, the Episcopal High School community mourns the loss of EHS faculty member Joe Halm. He died unexpectedly on Sunday, July 27, from a heart attack. He and his family were together in upstate New York, Silver Bay, a place of special meaning to the Halm family.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 2, at 4:00 p.m. in Callaway Chapel on the EHS campus. A reception in Laird Dining Hall will follow the service.

When not teaching biology, freshwater ecology or physics, Halm loved spending time outdoors hiking and kayaking with his wife, Joey, their three children – Abby, Ellie and Mac – and their dog, Lucy. An avid backpacker, rock climber, mountaineer and cross-country skier, he led outdoor trips for EHS students in the winter and summer. Along with his love for the wilderness, Halm was a well-rounded musician and played percussion and guitar in styles that ranged from classical to rock. He also enjoyed biking, running, archery, surfing and playing golf.

There is nothing Halm loved more than coaching and going to school with his daughters, skate boarding and cheering on the Nats with Mac, and making music with all the family. Mac announced through tears, "He's the best dad I ever had."

Halm joined the EHS faculty in 1996 after teaching at Montclair Kimberley Academy in New Jersey and Christ Church Episcopal School in South Carolina. At EHS, he was the head coach of the varsity cross country team and coached the middle distance and distance runners for the track team. He was also head of Berkeley Dorm and served on the Student Assistance Team and he was a recipient of Episcopal's Syd Walden Faculty Incentive Award for Excellence in Teaching and Coaching, and Extraordinary Commitment to the Students and Mission of Episcopal High School.

Halm was selected as one of the Alexandria Education Partnership Excellence in Education Award winners in 2005, and in 2009 he served on a high school biology curriculum development team for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

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