In Remembrance of Dr. Theo Colborn, 1927 – 2014

December 17, 2014 –

Dear friends,

Earlier this week, we lost a champion.  The first time I met Theo Colborn was right in the middle of the initial battle with oil and gas leasing in the North Fork Valley in March 2012.  After we were introduced, the first thing that she said to me was: “Welcome to the fight.”Theo presented at a community meeting that day, which was recorded and posted on CHC’s website.  She came on the stage to a roaring round of applause and a standing ovation from the hometown crowd.  Theo also made appearances in documentary films, and gave presentations to other organizations including a presentation at TED Talks and an interview with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now!

She wasn’t afraid to tell it like it is, and through many conversations with her, Theo inspired me fight for what I believe is right and continue doing good work for CHC.  Theo continued to fight until very recently, with a short essay she wrote last month–The Overlooked Connection Between Human Health and Fossil Gasses–now available on the TEDX website.

I wanted to express my sincere gratitude for all of Theo’s good work and for her contributions both to our community and our society.  I’m privileged that I had the chance to work with Theo, together presenting testimony to state regulators and developing a baseline air quality sampling project for the Delta County region.  My initial deep sense of sadness and loss was very quickly overcome by appreciation and thanks for her contributions.  She will be greatly missed, but her good work lives on through us all.

Please visit the TEDX website at for history, stories, and to view Theo’s research.  Theo’s family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to TEDX.

In loving remembrance and appreciation,

Jim Ramey
CHC Executive Director

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