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September 15, 1987 | DAVE JOHNSON
Sally Ride, America's first woman in space, is rejecting offers of money for speeches and interviews. Ride, who will study arms control at Stanford, "does not want to be a public figure," her father, Dale Ride, said. Theresa Johnston of the Stanford News Service said the service has received at least 100 requests for meetings with Ride since she accepted a two-year fellowship at the university.
March 27, 2003 | Brenda Rees
Born: Encino, 1951 Family: Father taught political science at Santa Monica College; mother did volunteer work; one sister became a Presbyterian minister. Early schooling: Westlake School for Girls in Encino (now Harvard-Westlake High School) Favorite subjects: Math and science Least favorite subject: Sewing Sports: An avid tennis player at age 10; joined the junior U.S. tennis circuit and considered playing professional tennis until college.
August 17, 1986 | Associated Press
Sally K. Ride, the first American woman in space, will be appointed special assistant to the administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, an agency spokesman said Saturday. NASA spokesman David Garrett said he expects that Ride's appointment to assist agency Administrator James C. Fletcher will be announced this week. Some of her work will involve long-range planning, he said.
July 23, 2012 | By Jon Bardin, Los Angeles Times
What are the odds that two girls in the same first-grade class in 1958 would both grow up to fly in space? Unlikely as it seems, Sally Ride and Kathryn Sullivan were grade school classmates who served together on the 13th space shuttle flight in 1984. They joined NASA together in 1978, when both were 26. Sullivan is now an assistant secretary of commerce for environmental observation and prediction, and deputy administrator, at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
February 5, 1986 | Bill Billiter
Astronaut Sally Ride's scheduled speech Feb. 27 at UC Irvine has been canceled by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration as part of the freeze on NASA activities following the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger. Elaine Beno, a UCI spokeswoman, said NASA notified the university Tuesday of the cancellation. Beno said all 350 tickets for the speech had sold quickly after it was first scheduled.
Sally Ride, America's first female astronaut, will be the keynote speaker at the Amelia Earhart Awards Luncheon and fund-raiser May 20. The event, which will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Irvine, is the UCI Extension Women's Opportunities Center's largest annual fund-raiser.
June 15, 1989 | H.G. REZA, Times Staff Writer
Astronaut Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, will join UC San Diego as a physics professor next month and is expected to be named director of university's California Space Institute, a school official said Wednesday. Ride, 38, will join the UCSD faculty as a full professor on July 1 and will be paid $64,000 a year, said Jackie Parker, spokeswoman for the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The space institute is based at Scripps, and both institutions are part of the University of California.
July 23, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
Sally Ride's death today at age 61 from pancreatic cancer is being mourned around the world. If you believe the headlines, it's because Ride was the first American woman to fly in space. But that's not Ride's biggest accomplishment. Her biggest accomplishment was teaching girls and women that the sky, literally, is the limit. It may be hard for today's youth to imagine, but there was a time when many couldn't fathom women as pilots, much less astronauts. When Ride became the first American woman to fly in space aboard the space shuttle Challenger in 1983, it shattered glass ceilings for millions of girls and women, helping redefine the role of the fairer sex. On Monday, women of a certain age did their best to try to put Ride's cultural significance into context -- and to do so in 140 characters.
July 23, 2012 | By Monte Morin and Scott Gold, Los Angeles Times
As friends and former colleagues remembered astronaut Sally Ride, who died Monday of pancreatic cancer, a common theme was the grace with which she handled the responsibility of being the first American woman to fly in space. “She was a terribly nice person and, not surprisingly, enormously poised,” said Lynn Eden , a senior research scholar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University, where Ride held a science fellowship from 1987 to 1989 when it was called the Center for International Security and Arms Control.
July 23, 2012 | By Claire Noland, Los Angeles Times
Sally Ride, who became the first American woman to fly in space when she rode in the space shuttle Challenger in 1983, has died. She was 61. Ride died Monday at her home in La Jolla after battling pancreatic cancer, said her mother, Joyce Ride of Claremont. Besides serving as an astronaut, Ride was a NASA advisor who helped study the Challenger and Columbia disasters. She also taught at UC San Diego and began a website, . A Los Angeles native, Ride was a Stanford University graduate.
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