Above: Terry McEntee (left) joined fellow Sally Ride Science founders Tam O’Shaughnessy (center) and Karen Flammer at the commissioning of the Navy research vessel Sally Ride in 2016. Terry McEntee, who joined with America’s first woman in space and three other friends to found Sally Ride Science and later helped organize more than 100 science festivals to inspire girls in STEM, has died. According to her husband, Keith Allred, McEntee died Jan. 9 at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo. She had been battling a recurrence of breast cancer. “Terry was a beloved friend, founder and member of the Sally Ride Science family,” said Tam O’Shaughnessy, Sally Ride’s life partner and executive director of Sally Ride Science at UC San Diego. “She was instrumental in establishing the widely acclaimed Sally Ride Science Festivals – one-day events held across the country to spark students’ interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).” McEntee, who started as an administrative assistant to Ride, became a trusted friend and indispensable colleague – Ride’s “right-hand person,” in the words of the late astronaut’s sister, Bear Ride. Sally Ride broke NASA’s gender barrier in 1983 when she blasted off aboard space shuttle Challenger. After retiring from the astronaut corps, she became a physics professor at UC San Diego. There she started EarthKAM, a NASA outreach program that allows students all over the world to request images of specific places on Earth from a camera on the International Space Station. McEntee, who had worked as a program representative for several UC San Diego departments, joined Ride at EarthKAM in 1995. McEntee helped coordinate the thousands of students taking part in EarthKAM missions as well as a large team of UC San Diego undergraduates who maintained the program’s mission control center. Meanwhile, Ride and O’Shaughnessy were becoming increasingly concerned about the poor representation of women in science and engineering. They believed girls drifted away from these fields in part because of negative stereotypes and a lack of female role models. In 2001, Ride and O’Shaughnessy got together with McEntee and two other friends who shared their concerns – UC San Diego physicist Karen Flammer and computer scientist Alann Lopes. The five decided to start a company called Sally Ride Science to promote diversity in STEM fields. “Sally first got the idea for the company,” McEntee recalled later. “Then we all sat around the table throwing out ideas, and it turned into what it is today.” Ride served as CEO of the company until her death from pancreatic cancer in 2012. In 2015, Sally Ride Science joined UC San Diego and became a nonprofit under the direction of UC San Diego Extension.