Pioneer Bravely Fought Cancer

The accomplished pioneer loses a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

BY Neal Broverman

July 23 2012 4:58 PM ET

Former tennis star Billie Jean King (left) and former astronaut Sally Ride arrive at the induction ceremony for the California Hall of Fame December 6, 2006, in Sacramento. The Hall of Fame, which was conceived by California first lady Maria Shriver, inducted King, Ride, Alice Walker, Ronald Reagan, Cesar Chavez, Walt Disney, Amelia Earhart, Clint Eastwood, Frank Gehry, David D. Ho, John Muir, and the Hearst and Packard families.