About the Author
Gerry Haigh has lived in Topanga Canyon for 46 years, but was born
in New York City in 1921. He became interested in nature through
the parks in that city, hoped for a career in forestry, but due to
restrictions in the family budget, the only place of study available
to him was City College–not so good for forestry–and
so nature became a hobby.
He studied with Carl Rogers at the University of Chicago and received
a PhD in psychology in 1950, going on to obtain a postdoctoral fellowshp
at Menninger’s, the world-famous psychiatric clinic in Topeka,
From 1962 until retirement Dr. Haigh was a psychotherapist with the
Psychological Service Associates, Los Angeles, the first group practice
of clinical psychologists in private practice in the nation.
For many years Gerry spent three days a week at his Westwood office
and four in Topanga, where he volunteered at the elementary school
and with community organizations. For 30 years he led monthly birdwalks
in the Santa Monica Mountains for the Audubon Society and the Sierra
In 1999 the Topanga Chamber of Commerce recognized Gerry as Naturalist
and Birdman of Topanga, “In Gratitude for a Lifetime of Commitment
to Topanga’s Wild Kingdom.” His enthusiasm for the natural
world has inspired hundreds of people in the Los Angeles area.
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