George Walsh, formerly vice president and editor in chief of the General Books Division of Macmillan Publishing Co., is joining the recently formed Washington publishing house Adler & Adler, where he will be editor in chief. The company's first list of trade books to be published in winter and the early spring of 1986 will include a new study of America's defense capabilities by Sen. Gary Hart and William S. Lind, president of the Military Reform Institute . . .

Glinda Joy Nelson Manley, the wife of Redskins' defensive star Dexter Manley, gave birth to an 8-pound, 13-ounce baby boy last night at Fairfax Hospital. He was named Dexter Keith Manley II . . .

"Such a virtuous, sensible woman, except when it comes to auctions," said real estate developer Jack Coopersmith as he watched his wife, Esther, bid at the "Food, Wine and Other Temptations" auction at Glorious Cafe in Georgetown Sunday night. It was a benefit organized by Les Dames d'Escoffier, a group of professional women in the culinary field, for a fellowship in the name of the late Anne Crutcher, who worked for the Washington Daily News, Star, Post and Times. Outgoing U.N. Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick was there to auction her pot-luck dinner to go. IBM vice president Charles McKittrick paid $325 for a bottle of wine and said to friends, "Don't tell my mother" . . .