In Memory of Hillary Corgey

By: Marcelo Norsworthy and the EDF Family

Kaiba White of Public Citizen contributed to this post.

HillaryHillary Corgey, a strong clean air advocate with our friends at Public Citizen, worked hard to become the person she wanted to be. She was smart, wanted to make a difference, and set out to make herself a policy expert. Hillary passed away earlier this month at the tender age of 27. She will be sorely missed by her friends, family, and colleagues.

Hillary earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Government from the University of Houston in 2010. During college, she worked at the Houston SPCA, volunteered for Armando Walle’s campaign, and then served as an intern in his Houston office. She then went on to earn a Master of Arts degree, also in Political Science and Government, from Texas State University in San Marcos in 2012.

Hillary started as an intern in Public Citizen’s Texas office in the summer of 2012 and quickly proved to be an asset to the team. Her personal experience growing up with asthma and struggling to breathe the polluted Houston air made the work personal to her. She gradually became more confident in her work, speaking publicly and working with coalition partners, in addition to doing research. Research was where she excelled most -she was able to dig up more interesting and useful facts in a shorter time than anyone else in the office.

Hillary’s dedication to her job and to improving conditions for those on the front lines of environmental injustice made her an inspiring colleague.

Hillary was also an interesting person to be around. She had unique ideas and very definite opinions about many things. She was a true independent. And Hillary was funny, but she had a very dry sense of humor, so you might have missed it if you weren’t expecting a joke. Her personal interests included heavy metal music, fantasy role-playing games, zombies, and comics. And she loved chicken, especially fried chicken.

Hillary was loyal to those who made it into her inner circle and kind to people in general. She especially loved her grandparents, who raised her. She often seemed to be thinking of the needs of those she was close with more than her own.

From everyone in the EDF Texas office, our thoughts and prayers are with Hillary’s family as we remember her as a clean air advocate and dedicated friend.

A memorial in Hillary’s honor will be held at 1 P.M. at the Rothko Chapel at 1409 Sul Ross Street in Houston on Thursday, February 5th.

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