Together with Stanford Athletics and the West family, we are pleased to announce the successful creation of an endowed memorial fund to permanently commemorate Heather West’s love of the American West. We give thanks to the outpouring of support from her classmates, friends, family, and generous donors.
The newly created Heather West Endowment Fund will provide ongoing support for several programs that allow Stanford undergraduates to experience the American West firsthand. The Heather West fund will enable students to participate in:
Through this fund, Heather’s passion for the outdoors, for the natural world, and for our region will live on through the experiences of students today, tomorrow, and in the future. Whether swimming down rapids in the Grand Canyon, captaining a champion water polo team, or helping Stanford students have lasting experiences across the region, Heather Carr West, ’09 lived up to her name in every way.
It was our privilege to work with Heather Carr West, Stanford '09, who spent 2010-12 with the Center as our Program and Research Associate. In addition to supervising our summer interns and leading the 2011 Sophomore College field course down the Colorado River, Heather blazed the trail for our first annual hike from Stanford to the Sea. While with the Center, she also took time to pursue her own study of water use in the craft brewing industry.
As befitted her name, Heather was dedicated to and passionate about the lands and people of the North American West. On her way to Yale in 2012 to pursue a dual degree in business and forestry, Heather regaled us with photographs from her cross-country road trip and returned to the West often to pursue field work.
A vibrant presence and a tremendous athlete who twice captained the women's water polo team at Stanford, Heather was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer in the fall of 2014. During her battle against the disease that she documented extensively online, Heather completed her dual master's degrees at Yale. On May 21, 2017, she passed away at home with her family in Davis.
We hope you will share our heartfelt condolences with her family and our grief at this tremendous loss.
Heather was honored at a memorial in Davis on June 10. In her honor, the West family suggested contributions to a named fund to permanently celebrate her love of the West.