School mourns loss of new PHLP student Heather Huneycutt

September 2, 2015

Heather Waterman Huneycutt, DVM, was a new student in the Public Health Leadership Program (PHLP) at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health. She passed away on Aug. 23 from injuries suffered during a motorcycle crash. She was 26.

Dr. Huneycutt graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University in May 2015. She also was a captain in the United States Army Veterinary Corps.

Mark Huneycutt (left), Heather (center) and high school friend Lucas Onan celebrate after Heather finished as the top female runner in the 2013 Apple Festival 8K race. (Photo by Paula Roberts/Hendersonville Lightning)

A dedicated runner, she was named to the Capital One Academic All-America second team in women’s cross-country and track and field in 2011. The same year, she earned All-America honors by placing fourth in the 5,000-meter run in the NCAA Division III Championships.

Capt. Huneycutt had traveled to Norway and Alaska to care for sled dogs, to Belize as part of a college course, to Canada to work on a dairy farm and to Africa to observe agricultural practices. Friends and former professors describe her as a spectacular person with an extraordinary work ethic.

Capt. Huneycutt is survived by her husband, Mark Huneycutt, her parents, John Lewis and Rebecca Sue “Becky” Waterman, and her pets, Zaara, Tally and Bodum.

A memorial service will be held in her honor on Friday, Sept. 4. The ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. in the Main Post Chapel on Sedgewick Street in Fort Bragg, North Carolina (near the intersection of Reilly and Macomb Streets).

Memorial contributions may be made to the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Foundation by selecting “Other – I would like to make a gift in a different area” and indicating that the money should be donated to the Dr. Heather Waterman Huneycutt Memorial Scholarship.

Capt. Huneycutt’s obituary appears in the Hendersonville Lightning.

Gillings School of Global Public Health contact: David Pesci, director of communications, (919) 962-2600 or

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