I saw Dr Ride in 1980 when she visited the city of Perth, Australia, and lectured in the Octagon Theatre of the University of Western Australia. It was a popular event, and she spoken well and engagingly. The rest of her life proceeded well, she travelled into space twice, pursued a successful academic career, and established a company that encouraged young people, in particular women, to consider a career in science.
Sad that she died at the relatively young age of 61. Pancreatic cancer, I hope that a cure is found soon. It seems to target interesting people. RIP.