Vail Daily obituary: Megan Elise Dickie, 1981 — 2017 |

Vail Daily obituary: Megan Elise Dickie, 1981 — 2017

It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to Megan Elise Dickie — our daughter, sister, niece, cousin, friend, colleague and mentor. Megan was a passionate champion of our earth and a crusader for those less fortunate than she. She touched many lives around the world and we are forever grateful for the time we spent with her, even though tragically short.

Megan died suddenly and unexpectedly from a seizure condition March 10, in her home in Denver. She was 35. 

Megan was the beloved daughter of Dean and Nancy Dickie of Evanston, Illinois and dear sister of Lauren, of Minturn.  She is survived by an aunt and uncle, Judy and William Brennan of Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, cousins Sean (Jordana) and Scott Brennan (Emma) of New York City and her special aunt, Kara Heide, of Vail. Megan is also survived by her beloved Ecuadorian dog, Karina.  

Megan grew up in Evanston, and attended Evanston Township High School, where she excelled in science and was a member of the soccer and gymnastics teams. After high school, Megan attended Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in 2004. While at Cornell, Megan played soccer and was a member of the Cornell Ski Team.

Following her graduation from Cornell, Megan entered the Peace Corps as a volunteer in Vega Rivera, Ecuador, where she formed lifetime bonds with the local community. While working in Ecuador, Megan learned the value of using the law to effect social change. Accordingly, upon completion of her Peace Corps service, Megan attended Vermont Law School, where she obtained both a Masters of Law and Environmental Policy, cum laude and Juris Doctor Degrees in 2011. Megan became a member of the Colorado Bar in 2011.

After law school, Megan served as a legal fellow with the Environmental Defense Fund until 2012. Between 2012 and 2013, Megan was a policy analyst for the Environmental Investigation Agency in Washington, D.C Most recently, Megan was a policy and planning Associate for the Wilderness Society in Denver. This was her dream job — working to protect the environment and living in Colorado. 

In her short 35 years, Megan did more than most people do in a lifetime. She lived every day to the fullest, holding everyone, including herself, to the highest moral and ethical standards. She had incredible and unwavering integrity.

Megan could be both silly and serious. She loved salsa dancing and always conveyed a quiet confidence about whatever she was doing. Given her passion for our natural environment, her love of the Colorado mountains and her strong Evanston connections, there will be two memorial celebrations of her life. 

An Evanston celebration is scheduled for May 6 at the Chicago Botanical Garden from 2 to 4 p.m., and a Colorado celebration in Vail on June 24, with time to be announced at a later date. Additional details regarding both celebrations will be added to the website, In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Wilderness Society, 1660 Wynkoop, St. Denver, CO 80202 in Megan’s name —  

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