In memoriam: Vince Sikora, August 1948-December 2003.

Author:Sikora, Vincent A.
Position::Legal Briefs - Obituary

NEHA is deeply saddened to report that Vince Sikora, an associate professor of environmental health at East Tennessee State University and the Journal's Legal Briefs columnist, died on December 21, 2003. Mr. Sikora contributed to the advancement of the public and environmental health profession in many ways, and he was committed to providing practical and relevant legal information for readers of the Journal.


From 1979 to 1985, Sikora was the author of the Journal column Law for Environmentalists. He returned to the Journal in April 2001 with Legal Briefs, and for three years, he presented short case studies about legal issues important to environmental health professionals. Sikora provided his e-mail address at the end of each column for questions or comments--and always willingly replied with guidance or assistance to JEH readers.

In 2002, NEHA awarded the Harry Bliss Editor's Award to Sikora, not only for his outstanding and popular column, but also for his contributions to the advancement of the cause and the interests of the association and its members.

Because of the interest and respect his column elicited, many in the field invited Sikora to speak at conferences. He accepted many of these invitations. In addition, he co-taught a three-day course for the Food and Drug Administration titled "Effective Enforcement." He also had proposed working together with NEHA to publish an environmental health law manual.

Sikora has made inspiring contributions to environmental health, going above and beyond professional requirements and committing his time and expertise to the improvement of the field. NEHA feels the utmost gratitude and appreciation for his dedication, and we express our deepest sympathy to his family and friends.

In the words of NEHA President Douglas Ebelherr,

Vince was dedicated to improving the environmental health profession through guidance in his Legal Briefs column. This most popular column provided grassroots lessons for all of us working in the field every day. Vince hoped that through his efforts we would learn to become better environmental health professionals. As a tribute to Vince, I ask each of you to take some time each day to learn something new...

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