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Farewell Sally Ride

Where no woman had gone before.

Sally Ride passed away yesterday at age 61 after a heroic battle against pancreatic cancer.

Sally Ride made history on June 18, 1983 by becoming the first United States woman to travel in space. Sally was 32 years old at the time, was a noted physicist and was a member of the flight crew for the space shuttle Challenger.

Sally Ride was and will continue to be an inspiration to many people, women and men alike.  Her educational discipline in the field of science, her determination to reach her goals, her dedication to the NASA mission and her calm performance of her duties aboard a space mission, with all of its inherent risks, make her a role model for our young people today and I suspect for generations to come.

We should be most grateful for a person such as Sally Ride who opened up the world of science and research to many talented people, especially women, who I am sure will make significant contributions in their respective careers. A star in the heavens is eternally brighter.  

Rest in peace Sally.  Job well done. 

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Adina Genn (Editor) July 24, 2012 at 03:22 PM
I had the privilege of interviewing Sally Ride about 10 years ago when she was visiting Long Island. Considering she was a trailblazer, and knowing how tough it could be for women to excel in the sciences, I asked how in that climate she managed to travel to space. I loved her answer: “No one ever said I couldn’t,” she replied.
hank ratner July 24, 2012 at 03:31 PM
She died of Pancreatic Cancer.
Pam Robinson (Editor) July 24, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Adina, that is the greatest answer--so simple yet profound.
hank ratner July 24, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Sally Ride was a great tennis player, ranked as high as #18 junior in the US. Billie Jean King urged her to turn pro.
Adina Genn (Editor) July 24, 2012 at 06:18 PM
I remember at the time thinking she must have had wonderful parents.
Lisa Patterson Lay July 25, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Her legacy springs from what she did in her life, not so much about speeches and public appearances. A woman of substance and quiet integrity. We can all learn from that. Fly away home, Sally.
Lee Kalinsky July 25, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Great story!
Bev Macuk July 26, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Do I recall correctly-Sally Ride, was the daughter of Queens Borough President, Claire...
Robert J. Pape, Jr. July 26, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Sally Ride was the oldest daughter of Dale Burdell and Carol Joyce (Anderson) Ride of Encino, California.

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