Duehring, (1962 - 1999)
Researcher, Activist, Writer, Editor
1997 Right Livelihood Award Winner
Cindy Duehring, 36, internationally known
researcher, activist, and pesticide victim, died at her home in Epping,
ND, on June 29, 1999, from injuries and complications sustained from severe
pesticide poisoning in 1985.
Cindy was born to Donald and Jan Froeschle
on August 10, 1962, in Bismarck, ND. In 1985, while studying pre-med in
Seattle, WA, Cindy was severely poisoned by an illegal application of pesticides
that were sprayed directly on her clothes.
She started her organization, Environmental
Access, in 1986 with the intent of making chemical health research available
to anyone who needed it. After marrying Jim Duehring on July 10, 1988,
they moved to Epping, ND, into a specially built home. That same year,
through Environmental Access Cindy worked with the residents of nearby
Williston to create a safe and effective vector control program.
Cindy changed the name of her organization
in 1991 to the Environmental Access Research Network (EARN) and expanded
the scope of its activities, including publishing the Environmental Access
Profiles and building one of the finest private chemical health libraries
In 1994, Cindy merged EARN with the Chemical
Injury Information Network (CIIN) becoming CIIN Vice-President, a member
of the Board of Directors, and Director of Research. That move formalized
a partnership with Cynthia Wilson, Executive Director of CIIN, that had
begun in 1990. Also in 1994, Cindy and Cynthia wrote The Human Consequences
of the Chemical Problem.
After serving as managing editor of the
short-lived Informed Consent, Cindy worked through EARN to edit and write
Medical & Legal Briefs. The first issue was published in July 1995
and was an immediate hit. The bi-monthly newsletter was aimed at educating
doctors and attorneys about the health hazards of toxic chemicals.
Over the years, Cindy received numerous
awards for her outstanding contributions to MCS health issues. Cindy’s
achievements culminated in her winning the Right Livelihood Award in 1997.
(The RLA is considered the alternative Nobel Prize.) At that time, Dr.
Gunnar Heuser wrote, “As her physical boundaries and freedom of movement
have narrowed the limits of her living, her spirit has taken wings and
expanded across the nation and beyond. She has become a resource for interested
professionals as well as for the chemically injured and patients with MCS
throughout the world.”
Cindy is survived by her husband, Jim,
her parents Donald and Jan Froeschle, and her sister Lynn Froeschle.
At the request of Cindy’s family, memorials
should be sent to The Cindy Duehring
MCS Research Fund, PO Box 301, White Sulphur Springs, MT 59645.