Sally Leonard Richardson passed away unexpectedly on May 15, 1986, while on her way to the Tenth Annual Larval Fish Conference in Miami. She was a dedicated and accomplished woman, and a resourceful student of the ontogeny of fishes, principally the study of larval fish form and its application to the understanding of fish phylogeny. Sally obtained her Ph.D. from the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences in 1971 for her work on the early life history of bothids. From 1971-1979 she was on the faculty of the School of Oceanography at Oregon State University, where she concentrated her efforts on ichthyoplankton ecology and the use of ontogenetic characters in elucidating systematic relationships of fishes. Her publications established her as a leader in these fields.