You may have heard by now the very sad news of UCSC Chancellor Denice Denton's death Saturday, June 24.Denice Denton was a friend. She helped open the administrative ranks of academic engineering to women, and like many who are among the first to challenge a barrier, she encountered those who were not supportive. Despite that, her life was filled with achievements, many of which relied on her own quick intellect; but many of her achievements were directed to helping others. We have lost an intellectual force, a friend of the underrepresented, and a passionate supporter of women's rights. Our thoughts are with her family and her many friends around the world.