Rest in peace.
I was shocked to hear the news of Denice's death, and am writing with tears in my eyes after learning of the details surrounding it.
I remember Denice from MIT, and was struck by her commitment to women in engineering, and to her future in Academia. When I was a freshman, she gave a January session class in electronics for women. Her motive wasn't pay or credit - she wanted to have more women go into Electrical Engineering. I also remember her speaking to a group of new women graduate students, and how she spoke of a desire to become a professor - to be able to do ones own research without having to report to shareholders. Those words have stayed with me to this day. My condolences to her family.
My condolences to the family and friends of Denice Denton. I graduated from the UW before she became dean for the college of engineering but have kept up with what she has done through the UW alumini magazine and news letters. She was an incredible person for which I've admired from afar. I am sadden to think that she is no longer with us but I'm sure she will remain in our thoughts and memories.
Denice, Words really can't express the sadness I feel at the passing of such a strong, devoted - truly honest - leader. Your life and passing is a lesson to every new female academic, to any diverse person who tries to work within the system. Rest in peace.
I didn't meet Denice but she will live on as a role model for me. I am involved heavily in the diversity experience at my company. Great spirits like her's can not be forgotten on the road to inclusion.
We will carry her memory forward and remember her in our work both in scientific discovery and diversity.
I was stunned and saddened to hear of Denice's death. What a terrible loss for women in science and for higher education as a whole. I met Denice when she headed a University of Washington search committee on which I served. Her leadership qualities were superb, and I sought her advice on other occasions after the search was over. She will remain an inspiration to me and so many others.
I knew Denice when we were both undergrads at MIT. She was a very interesting and vibrant person. She seemed wise beyond her years because she knew what she wanted and didn't get lost amidst the pressures and distractions that face all first year college students. She will be missed.
My heartfelt prayers and thoughts go to Gretchen who is suffering an unimaginable loss. May all Denice's family and friends find peace in this difficult time. Take care of yourselves as Denice would want you to.
Denice thanks for great memories-Rest in Peace
Although I graduated from UCSC long before Chancellor Denton was appointed, I nevertheless feel a loss. May her family, friends, and colleagues know that my blessings, as well as many others, are with them during this very difficult time.
I hope that you are in a better place Denice...and that your soul and spirit live on in this world you left behind giving us hope and courage to make a positive difference whenever we have the opportunity to do so.
When first I heard of the loss of Denice Denton, I called my daughter, and called again. We were both deeply saddened. I was not privileged to have met Chancellor Denton but had read of her outstanding achievements and continuous empathizings. My condolences to her family and friends.
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. Our deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
I do not know Denice Denton, but I have been following her story since her death on June 24. Bad things happen to good people. She is much more than Good, she is brilliant, talented, compassionate, and made a mark on so many lives during her short time on earth. I believe her legacy will be strongly propagated by those who were fortunate to have known her personally, and also by all the rest of the world who now know about her. My deepest sympathies to her mom, sister and everyone close to her for this unfathomable loss.
My prayers for Gretchen and Denise's mother and sisters and to all whose hearts are saddened by the loss of so fine a spirit. As Hafiz, the Persian poet, reminds us:
take it out into the vast fields of light
And let it breathe."
Let us celebrate her spirit.
Denice lives in my vision of her walking free and unencumbered in the wind and sun on the beautiful beach at Smelt Bay. God speed on her Journey and best wishes to Gretchen and all Denice's relations. Melanie on Cortes.
It is with deep sadness that the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists & Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP) acknowledge the tragic loss of Denice Denton. Our hearts go out to her life partner, family, and the UCSC commmunity. The LGBTQA community has truly lost a visible beacon of leadership and an advocate for the mentoring community and under-represented minorities in the the sciences and engineering fields.
We are proud to have honored her as our 2006 GLBTA Educator of the Year this past February during our recognition awards ceremony at the AAAS Annual Meeting in St. Louis. Her life accomplishments were outstanding achievements in engineering and education. She was a recognized role model for all of us who showed that being out at work, including her life partner in a public manner, obtaining success in her career were not mutally exclusive parameters.
Although I only met Denise Denton at various functions while I was at UCSC, the few times I did get to talk to her, my impression of her was that of a woman genuine and true to herself. My condolences go out to those closest to her.
To Gretchen, Denice's mom and sisters -- My deepest condolences and thank you for sharing Denice. It was a privilege and honor to have known her. She spoke and fought for me on many dimensions and I'll never forget.
My deepest regrets to all to knew former UCSC Chancelor Denise Denton the best. As the the testimontials from colleages show she was truely an amazing woman scinetist and also the highest the ranking out lesbian or gay academic in California, certainly a testimony to the commitment of UC president Robert Dynes.
My consolences to those who knew her best as well as her domestic partner - Gretchen, her Mother and her family.
Mark H Freeman
UCSD Alumni and Staff Retiree
Chancellor Denton's passing is an immeasurable loss to the entire world. May Chancellor Denton rest in peace and her loved ones live strong.
Chancellor Denton, Dr. Denton, Denice – Oh, how I pray that your soul can linger with us just a while longer to see the outpouring of love and admiration for you. Did you not know it would be there? Here it is, in the many messages you see here and in tributes and tears across the country. You were extraordinary – a trailblazer, a brilliant scientist, a tireless champion for others . Because you were so strong, we did not know the toll this may have taken on you personally or what agonies you felt compelled to hold in, until they became unbearable. It is not possible to turn back the clock, to find a way to keep you with us. So we will find a way to hold you in our hearts and memories, ever grateful for and dazzled by all that you achieved. May you be uplifted in the next phase of your journey by all of the sentiments you see in these pages and elsewhere. Now kick butt in heaven.
In the short time that I met Denise Denton, she came across as a strong women, with a vision for the world that she was dedicated to implementing. She thought of others, instead of herself, she clearly wanted to work as a team with everyone. In the words of Gretchen, I too would like to work to see her legacy continued through the collaboration of a Love Action Network.
My condolences go out to Chacellor's family, friends, and colleagues.
Chancellor Denton was a great woman. I feel honored to have gotten the oppurtunity to work in her office in the past. She was very kind and cheerful and I truly admire and respect her work towards the enhancement of female and minorities educational and employment endeavors. She will be truly missed but never forgotten!!
I know that you are in a Higher Place rocking to a couple of Elvis hits!! =)
My sympathy goes out to her family and loved ones, as well as to her staff at UCSC who worked diligently to implement her vision and goals. Her energy and dedication will be sorely missed.
I was greatly disturbed by the news of Denice Dentons tragic death. Although I did not know her personally I know of her as a pioneer and one of the very few women to reach the high levels of academia in engineering. She has been truly a role model for women in engineering. I think this is a very big loss to academia. I hope Denice Denton’s legacy is preserved and she is remembered for her great contributions to academia and to women.
My sympathies to Denise's family and those closest to her. I will teach my young daughter about Denise's greatness: how she served as a role model to generations of both present and future scientists and stood strong against the tide of people who discourage each of us to think, just think.
Peace be with you, Denice. We are all one here. We are all one.
Chancellor Denton has been a most effective and compassionate advocate for higher education, in particular for more women in science and engineering. Her outstanding contributions will continually bear good fruits for many years to come. I have been foturnate to have had close administrative association with Dr. Denton after she came to US Santa Cruz as chancellor and a professor of electrical engineering in Jack Baskin School of Engineering. I have been most impressed by her dedication, focus and hard work, and leadership in pursuit of greater causes.
The world has lost a big role model engineer, educator and leader. May you rest in peace, Chancelor Denton.
With deep condolences,
Dean, Jack Baskin School of Engineering, UC Santa Cruz
May Dr.Denise Denton rest in Peace. I admired her intellectual strength, achievements, her desire to bring changes to our university emphasizing equality in education and opportunities to women and minorities in Science. She was an inspiration to me. Her powerful ideas to make much needed changes in the system promoting diversity are a great loss.
Monica Galvan UCSC
I did not know Denise at all until I heard what happened on the news. I was sad to hear about this tragic event. Denise's work and life contributed and impacted so many people. I read through many of the wonderful letters on how deeply she was appreciated and loved...I am sad that she is not physically here to hear all of the wonderful comments about her life.
This is a great opportunty for all of us to remember to acknowledge and appreciate those around us. Sometimes we don't get that we are appreciated or loved. Suicide is a hard topic to talk about. But we can all learn from it. How do we know when someone really needs help and we step in? Or when do we step back and leave people alone? There are so many questions around this subject. My thoughts and prayers go out to her partner, family and friends who probably did everything they knew how to help her.
Denise's life was not only a contribution but her death is a contribution to people as well. What I got was this: Even when people have a great job and a great life, we all have our inner struggles and pain. The more we can support each other through the hard times, and acknowledge and appreciate each other, we can stay connected. Sometimes the lonliness we feel is the hardest part. Together we can help each other, together we can make a difference. Thanks for all of the gifts you have given us and will continue to give us Denise.
Thank you for providing this space for expression when we are isolated from one another. To Denice's partner Gretchen Kalonji and to her mother, Carolyn Mabee, and to all her family members and friends, I send my deepest and most profound offerings of compassion and love at this unbearable time in your lives. I did not know Denice. I wish I could have been in the presence of a woman so brilliant instead of learning about her through recent newspaper articles. She confronted the President of Harvard? I wish I could have thanked her face-to-face! Her loss is immeasurable and I regret that a woman, and a gay woman, with such heroic attributes, talents and successes, so admired by her students, would come to such an end. The nature of her death bequeaths a stunning and irreplaceable loss on all of us, on many levels, academically and spiritually. My heart goes out to all of you, her family.
I had the pleasure of meeting Dean Denice Denton while I was a student at the University of Washington. I had won a raffle during my freshman year and won lunch with the Dean. I was very honored. Three months after I won the raffle, I got to sit down with the Dean and talk to her about my concerns regarding women, engineering, and career. I will always remember her for telling me that if anyone could achieve the engineering dream, I could. I felt very honored and truly feel that I am living my dream. My thoughts and prayers go to Dr. Denton and her family. She will be greatly missed.
Needless to say, I was saddened to read of Denice's untimely death. What words can really provide any real comfort at such a time? If there actually are any, they've escaped me. I hold you, and she, in my heart and thoughts.
former Fiscal Specialist
Dept. of Materials Science & Engineering
University of Washington
Women in general have so few role models of the stature and quality of Dr. Denice Denton, but this is especially true of women in academe, in science, engineering and technology fields, and lesbians. I did not know Dr. Denton personally, but I feel a terrible loss at her passing and a terrible pain for the struggle she was enduring. In memory of all her hard work and awe-inspiring accomplishments, I will keep her in my heart and mind to follow her many enduring examples of fighting the good fight. As Mother Jones said, “pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living” – I think Dr. Denton would want it that way.
I'm deeply saddened by the loss of Professor Denton. I was lucky enough to have been an engineering student of hers at the University of Wisconsin. Word of her passion, enthusiasm, and wit spread quickly at the campus, and students from other classes would regularly attend her outstanding lectures always resulting in a standing-room-only hall. She was easily my favorite professor at the university. She will be missed.
I learned of Chancellor Denton's death on Saturday evening, June 24. I did not know her but from what I have read, to say that Denice Denton was a champion for higher education and fought for the underdog is an understatement. Sadly, her talents are now gone forever. My heart goes out to her partner and the rest of her family.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
What a tragic loss for us all. Denice has been an inspiration to me since our grad student days at MIT. My deepest sympathy to her family and friends. May she rest in peace.
I cannot tell you how much I admire her incredible depth. I hate to write in the past tense as Denice continues to inspire students to raise the expectations they have of themselves. During a conversation in February she took out her business card and wrote on the back her advice to me as a woman in science looking to pursue graduate work. I've kept it in my wallet ever since for the times when I lack belief in myself. (Undergraduate student in Mathematics at UC Santa Cruz)
I had the honor of knowing Professor Denton both as her student and as her teaching assistant in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Electrical and Computer Engineering Department in the late '80s/early '90s. She was an inspiring teacher and played a big role in my decision to pursue a career in microelectronics. I'll never forget when, before excusing herself during a lecture to get a drink of water to suppress a coughing fit, she threw the chalk to a student in the class and said "you continue the lecture ... c'mon, you can do it." And for the next five minutes, the guy did! She had that effect on people. She's one of those handful of teachers you have during your life that you'll never forget. Her loss is a tragic one.
God Bless Chancellor Denise Denton and her loved ones always. We need to pray for our leaders and the responsibilities they carry.
--UCSC alumn (1998)
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
I was extremely saddened when I heard about the loss of one my very favorite engineering professors and someone I have always held as an inspiring engineering role model. Denice Denton was among the best of the best electrical engineering instructors that I had at UW-Madison in the ‘90s. Her style of teaching electrical engineering fundamentals was excellent and motivated me to want to learn more. -- Thank you Denice Denton for your gifts of teaching, inspiration, and support that I received during my years at UW-Madison! I will always have a special place for you in my memory and in my heart. My condolences go out to your family and friends.
A person of great intelligence, Denice's human magneticism will not dwindle easily.
May God bless you and hold your family.
Mere words are an insufficient means of expressing the emotions associated with this unbelievable loss. I am grateful and honored to have served UCSC under her stewardship. I pray that somehow we can all embrace her passion for equality in education and opportunity.
My deepest sympathy is extended to Denice's partner Gretchen, and her entire family. What a devastating loss. I had the pleasure of meeting Denice last year during a recruitment. I enjoyed her wit and intelligence, and it seemed a world of possibilities was open to her and the UCSC community. She was also a wonderful role model for all women, and in particular for the lesbian community. As a former UCSC employee and current CSU employee, I had high hopes for her vision for the campus community. She will be missed.
I’ve had the wonderful pleasure of working with Denice Denton, UW, College of Engineering, as administrative coordinator (January – December 2001), and program coordinator (January – August 2002) for the ADVANCE program. During this time, she taught me a lot, and I still remember her telling me, “you can handle this; no task or job is ever too big to handle.” Because of this, I’ve been very successful in my career. Not only was she a supportive boss and inspirational leader, but a wonderful and big-hearted friend.
I do remember the memorable times when Denice and I would talk about Hawaii and the beautiful music it presents. She enjoyed listening to Israel ‘IZ’ Kamakawiwo’ole’s music. Every time I hear his songs, I think of her. Denice, you will always hold a special place in my heart.
I am deeply saddened and devastated by the horrific news I received on the morning of Sunday, June 25, 2006 by a close friend at the UW.
Mahalo nui loa, Denice, for all your love and support, and for being a friend. I wish that your soul finds peace and aloha. You will be missed!
Me ke aloha pumehana…
May Chancellor Denton be blessed with peace by the grace of God. To the family, friends, students and colleagues of Chancellor Denton, may we all find the faith, strength and courage through this time of mourning, loss and remembrance.
Dr. Denton's passing is such a tragedy. May her family find peace and healing when reflecting on all her wonderful qualities. May God be compassionate to her soul and take her into the heavens.
I am very sorry to learn of this closing chapter in Denice's remarkable career. Denice was a notable pioneer and mentor, with a store of humor and courage. She will be greatly missed.
My heart goes out to her family and friends. The night of her passing I felt as if I had lost a younger - much brighter and more ambitious - younger sibling and thus wrestled with grieve and anger. When I returned to work at UCSC on Monday I felt the tragic loss of our leader and brilliant star of the sciences.
Denice Denton gave me courage and believed in me. She along with Eve Riskin are the best thing that ever happened to me at the University of Washington and in my career. I am saddened deeply and I am proud to say she is my friend. Good bye my friend I hope you find the piece you deserve. I will miss you! Denice was open, honest and you knew where you stood with her. She stood up for not just women and minorities and gays but for men as well. I worked at the University of Washington for fifteen years and for three of those years for Denice.
They were the best years of my career at the UW.
Program Operation Specialist
University of Washington
TO the family of Chancellor Denice Denton and her friends and colleagues,
It is with deepest sadness that I read of the death of Chancellor Denton. She was a role model for women, gay people, people of color, and young people everywhere that a person can accomplish tremendous things in life. Her accomplishment are not diminished by her sudden death, although a prestigious university must look at the multitude of pressures and demands that a new Chancellor faces. She will be sorely missed and never forgotten. I admire her especially for her chosen field of Engineering, a field that some think women are not represented. She broke some serious barriers.
Alumnus of Crown College 1970
Chancellor Denton, you will be missed. You were a tough hard working woman and we appreciate your accomplishments. Rest in peace Denice.
As an alumnus of UCSC, I want to give my thanks to Denice Denton. Her legacy will live on through all of us who have reached our potential through her inspirational school.
I send my sincere condolences to Chancellor Denton's family and friends in these very hard times. I graduated last year from UCSC and even though I never met her personally I am sad and in shock, may you rest in peace Dr. Denice D. Denton
Great talent and courage can create awesome obligations; I can only imagine the strength it took to be the "first" in so many arenas. So terribly sad, and my heart goes out to Dr. Denton, and to those she left behind.
A tragedy in every way... My heart goes out to all.
A tragic loss to the community of Santa Cruz and to the academic community. I am having a hard time wrapping my mind around this.
As a queer woman, the same age as Dr.Denton, I saw her as a true inspiration to women everywhere. She was living proof that a woman can achieve greatness in fields once viewed as "men only". I applauded UC's decision to hire an openly gay woman as chancellor, and I am proud to live in the UCSC community. My condolences to Denice Denton's family, and all of her friends and colleagues at UCSC and around the world.
I was saddened to hear of the loss of Dr. Denice Denton with her strong convictions and wonderful visions and goals. I know her visions as Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Washington helped create an environment where at no point in my years there did I feel like I should not peruse my goal of becoming an engineer just because I was a woman. I thank her loved ones for the gift of an incredible life that touched and inspired so many.
I met Chancellor Denton only two times but felt that she was a woman of powerful intellect and empathy. Her message of diversity and actions to implement diversity will be missed. This is a very sad time for UCSC.
Dr. Denton was a champion for women's rights; her influence will be greatly missed. We are very sorry for your loss.
Dr. Kathleen Blumreich, Professor of English, GVSU
Dr. Diana Pace, Associate Dean of Students, GVSU
Denice Denton's death is a tragedy not only for herself and her family and loved ones but also for the thousands she inspired by breaking down the barriers to achievement for so many. Her legacy of success for women in engineering and for gays and lesbians in all professions will endure for decades to come. I hope that somehow she knows that.
I felt very sad at her passing, what a tremendous loss to the world.
This is a tragedy for all of us in the UC family. May she find the peace she sadly could not find in this life.
It was a great shock to me and my family that Prof Denice Denton passed away. May the Holly Spirit comfort memebers of her family and her close friends.
As a superviser from ECE department when I was a graduate student at UW-Madison, Prof Denice Denton had encouraged me greatly. She will be remembered.
How terribly sad for Denice, her family and friends. May God keep them in the palm of His hand.
We met Chancellor Denton at a dinner during her first week on the job and were impressed with her vision and wit. As parents of three daughters, one a Santa Cruz student, we are deeply saddened by the loss of such a strong leader who had achieved so much on behalf of women. This is a terrible loss for the UC and for higher education.
Rest in Peace. God Bless Denice's family. Her life and death touched so many.
God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow and need. Her works will continue to touch others.
This is a great loss to the university engineering community. She was a great figure for the female engineering students.
A jewel in the UC system has been lost. My condolences to all who knew her and all who will miss the benefit of her life's work.
May God have mercy on her and her family at this time....as the parent of a UCSC student this is very sad news indeed. We pray that the legacy of her life will continue to touch those with whom she had contact with in so many positive ways.
she was very gracious and had good energy. I met her on her first day at work...so sad
Having just received my diploma with her signature on it, this comes as startling news. May God bless her and her friends and family in this troubling time.
While I never had the honor of meeting Chancellor Denton, I am a proud alumnus of UC Santa Cruz (Cowell College '88), and my heart goes out her family and loved ones. Her barrier- breaking accomplishments and achievements are an inspiration to all of us.
Prof. Denton was an amazing teacher. I was lucky to have been one of her students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her energy, passion and dedication to students was remarkable. This is very sad news indeed.
May her partner, family and friends find comfort in this horrific time in their lives. I hope Dr. Denton has found the peace and comfort she was unable to find here. And, may everyone, including the press, find a way to celebrate her life and her many accomplishments in her passing. Whatever the criticisms of the UC system may be, they should be set aside while a community mourns this tragic event. May humanity and compassion be the driving force among us.
I had the privilege of meeting and hearing Ms. Denton speak at a recent conference. This is a tremendous loss to the community and I send my deepest sympathies to her family, friends and colleagues.
I came to know Mrs. Denton since a year ago. Being invloved with the UC Santa Cruz, I had privilage of working with her on some university initiatives. Her untimely death came to me as a shock. I wish her family all the courage and strength to bear this great loss. May God bless her soul.
I am so sorry to hear about Denise. I only met her once, but her humor and ability to control a crowd was impressive. God bless her and her family
We have just returned from our son's graduation from College 8 at UCSC. All of us marvelled at the beauty of the campus and the professional, informal, heartfelt qualities of the commencement ceremony, which I'm sure were at least partially due to the efforts of Chancellor Denton. Condolences to all who love her and honor her memory.
My heart sank at the news of Denice Denton's passing. I had the privilege of knowing her and she always cared about making a difference. She was committed to making the scientific and engineering community a more welcoming and inclusive environment. Her death is a tragedy for all of us and her spirit and presence will be sorely missed.
May God Bless Denice Denton's family. Her death comes as a shock and tragedy to all on the UC system and to everyone who knew her. May God comfort all those who are grieving and may He bring them peace. RIP Chancellor Denton.