Kristi died yesterday.
Kristi was great with students and had a lot of them go through her lab.
Given that we had, like, 60% women as our students, I think her presence was so important for our department. At the time, there was only one woman on tenure / tenure track in the entire department.
Eventually, she started to step more into administrative and leadership roles and had been chair of the department for several years. Unsurprisingly given the department composition she came into years ago, she was the first woman to chair the department.
She was always friendly, supportive, and always willing to work with you. She was a good colleague and I hate losing her.