Remembering Cyndi Palfrey, Deputy Director in EHSO

Link to Cyndi Palfrey’s Obituary and Celebration of Life Tribute Page:

*In memorandum of Cyndi Palfrey on behalf of Scott Thomaston, AVP, EHSO*

March 7, 2023

It is with great sadness that I share news of the passing of our dear colleague Cyndi Palfrey. Cyndi was very dedicated to Emory and an integral leader of the Environmental Health and Safety Office. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Cyndi know firsthand her kind heart, positive attitude, and willingness to build real, meaningful connections with her coworkers that stretched beyond the walls of Emory’s campus and into our lives. 

Cyndi was born on March 8, 1974, in Harvey, Illinois. After she graduated with her Bachelor of Science at Florida Gulf Coast University in 2000, she went on to attain her MSPH at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2002.  At Emory Cyndi served as Senior Director for the Environmental Health and Safety Office. She was a very accomplished Certified Safety Professional with over 20 years’ experience in the Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) field. In her career Cyndi provided EHS consulting services to a wide range of industries including government, military, aerospace, academia, mining, and pharmaceutical. Cyndi had extensive experience in occupational safety as a Regional Director for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) where she was responsible for EHS risk management at 480 field locations. During the pandemic, she was one of the EHSO leads for COVID response for the university. Mentorship was important to her, and she felt privileged to mentor many throughout her career.

While she was a very accomplished professional, Cyndi was also an incredibly dedicated mother. Cyndi and Aggie were deeply bonded, sharing a love of the outdoors, nature, dance, yoga, and most of all, laughter. She enjoyed crocheting, gardening, camping with her family, and keeping all of us in line. 

She was a remarkable, loving person and will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and colleagues.

Arrangements for a Celebration of Life gathering are being finalized.

Scott Thomaston MS, MPH
Assistant Vice President
Environmental Health & Safety Office






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