Ninety year old Lynn Lawson of Evanston, IL passed away on January 30, 2016.
In September, 2015, Mary Lamielle, Executive Director of the National Center for Environmental Health Strategies, named Lynn Lawson the first recipient of the NCEHS EI Pioneer Award:
“The award is to honor longtime leaders for their sustained efforts to raise public awareness about the impact of environmental exposures, to help those with environmental illness, as well as to honor leaders whose advocacy initiatives have led to significant advances in policy, programs, and practices that have improved the lives of individuals with environmental sensitivities.
People with environmental sensitivities or intolerances historically referred to themselves as “EI’s”—individuals with environmental illness, who experience complex, multi-system reactions to chemical, electrical, and other environmental exposures, and to specific foods, medications, and natural substances.
As the first recipient of the award, Lynn Lawson is celebrated for her many educational efforts to bring awareness of the impact of toxic exposures on public health.
In 1994 she published Staying Well in a Toxic World: Understanding Environmental Illness, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, Chemical Injuries, and Sick Building Syndrome. She issued Staying Well in A Toxic World…A New Millennium Update in 2000.
Lynn’s many editorial and publication efforts include a seven year stint as the editor and principal writer of the Canary News, the newsletter for the MCS: Health & Environment, a Chicago-area support and advocacy group.”
The award was presented to Lynn by Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) on December 14, 2015.
Lynn Lawson was also a Chemical Sensitivity Foundation Board Member, and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate in chemistry from Beloit College and received her master’s degree in English from Northwestern University. She taught English composition and literature at the university level for several years before becoming a medical and technical writer.
With gratitude to a Canary Pioneer, wishing the best wherever her future flights may lead.