Ride is survived by her partner of more than two decades, Tam O'Shaughnessy; her mother, Joyce; her sister, Bear; her niece, Caitlin; and nephew, Whitney; as well as her staff of 40 at Sally Ride Science.
O'Shaughnessy, at Ride's side during the astronaut's lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer, co-authored four books with Ride and is a professor emerita of school psychology at San Diego State University, and chief operating officer and executive vice president of Ride's foundation, Sally Ride Science.
In Ride's death, many are asking: Who is Tam O'Shaughnessy?
The answer is someone who closely shared Ride's passion for science and space.
According to sallyridescience.com
"helped found Sally Ride Science
because of her
long-standing commitment to science education and her
recognition of the importance of supporting girls' interests in science.
Tam O'Shaughnessy was Sally Ride's partner for 27 years, but their partnership was cut short Monday when Ride - the first American woman in space - died of pancreatic cancer at just 61 years old.
But her longtime partner, Dr. Tam E. O'Shaughnessy, is a very accomplished woman in her own right.
was by Sally Ride's
side throughout the astronaut's 17-month battle against cancer, and before Ride became ill they co-authored four books, including "Mission: Planet Earth: Our World and Its Climate - and How Humans Are Changing Them" and "Voyager: An Adventure to the Edge of the Solar System."
O'Shaughnessy, a professor emerita of school psychology at San Diego State University, is also chief operating officer and executive vice president of Sally Ride's foundation, named Sally Ride Science , where the duo and their staff nurtured young students and worked to encourage them to pursue their passions in science, tech, engineering and math.
will not receive the benefits due to the spouses of deceased astronauts, because the United States federal government does not recognize same-sex marriage.
Nor has she
received much mention or recognition for the active role she
took in Dr. Ride's work as the nation mourns.
As we remember Dr. Ride, we also extend our love and sympathy to her loving partner, Tam O'Shaughnessy.
Wikipedia: Tam O'Shaughnessy