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Giving Others a Voice

In her short life, Dr. Erin Talbot McNeill accomplished much for women. As a doctor in reproductive endocrinology, she developed programming, policy and research for women’s health rights around the world.

She provided a voice for the voiceless.

In her short life, Dr. Erin Talbot McNeill accomplished much for women. As a doctor in reproductive endocrinology, she developed programming, policy and research for women’s health rights around the world.

Dr. Erin Talbot McNeill“Erin was passionate about the rights of women and her responsibility as a scientist and scholar to be an advocate for all women, particularly for those who had no voice,” writes Erin’s sister, Sarah. “My husband, Frank, calls her a shooting star, burning harder and more brightly than most. Somehow that description fits her well; she was so full of passion and fire.”

Her family shares that Erin was always filled with that passion. She was the only student to take the equivalent of four years of honors classes in three at The Seven Hills School. But she was intent on graduating early and moving forward with her studies in order to help women. 

After earning her Ph.D., Erin went on to work for the United States Agency for International Development and Family Health International. She traveled to Kenya, Thailand, Ghana, French Guiana and Nigeria to work on reducing mother/infant mortality rates. Sadly, Erin passed away at age 36 in 2003 of a malignant brain tumor. She left behind her husband, Carn Gibson of Scotland, and their two daughters, Zoe and Ninian.

Erin’s parents, Redmond (Red) and Leslie (Les) McNeill, of Hyde Park, honored Erin’s life and work by making a $75,000 donation to The Women’s Fund of GCF. This donation was designated for The Women’s Fund’s Voices of Leadership Campaign, named in the spirit of Erin’s work and passion.

“Erin had an amazing commitment to women and girls,” said Les, also a founder of The Women’s Fund. “She always had a sense of the value of women and girls in the community. If they are whole and happy, the community is better. Her focus was global but it makes sense for us to focus locally.

“Who knows? A local girl could be helped through The Women’s Fund and there may be another Erin,” she added.

Read more about The Women’s Fund of GCF.

May 2010



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