The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) was saddened to learn that Dr. Carolyn Hester Harvey, MS, PhD, RS, CIH, CHMM, passed away on October 3, 2020. We extend our deepest sympathies to Dr. Harvey's family, friends, colleagues, and past students. We grieve the loss of Dr. Harvey, who was a special part of our NEHA family.
“With the passing of Dr. Harvey, we have at once lost a beautiful mind and a beautiful, character-filled person,” said Dr. David Dyjack, NEHA executive director. “All of us, starting with me, are eternally grateful for her commitment, professionalism, and wicked sense of humor."
Dr. Harvey was a champion of environmental health. She dedicated her 50+ year career to the promotion of environmental health and was an advocate and mentor of countless students and emerging professionals. She was committed to advancing the knowledge of environmental health practitioners in Kentucky and beyond through her work as an educator and mentor. She retired from active teaching within the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at Eastern Kentucky University in 2017 after 16 years of service. Dr. Harvey served as NEHA president from 2014–2015, was a technical editor for the Journal of Environmental Health, and was recently awarded NEHA's highest honor, the 2020 Walter S. Mangold Award.
An In Memoriam will be published in the December 2020 Journal of Environmental Health. If you would like to share with us a statement about Dr. Harvey to be included in the In Memoriam, please contact Kristen Ruby-Cisneros.
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