Esther I. Madriz, Professor of Sociology at the University of San Francisco and a recognized authority on criminology, died Saturday, November 30, 2001 at her Pacifica home after a two-year battle with ovarian cancer. She was 58.

At the time of her death, she was the Vice Chair for the Minorities and Women Section. She was an active member in the Section for many years and served on various committees. She served the Section with dignity, grace, and distinction.

Her activism, teaching and research centered around her passion for social justice issues, including women's fear of crime, hate crimes, domestic violence, gay and lesbian rights, and human rights abuses against Latinos, according to her family. She was the author of the 1997 book "Nothing Bad Happens to Good Girls," a critical feminist work that looked at fear of crime in women's lives.

She served on the boards of the Institute Familiar de la Raza, a grassroots community organization that provides mental health, family and AIDS services in the Mission District; the California Food Policy Advocates; and Peace Review and Social justice, a journal of crime, conflict and world order. At USF, she was co-chair woman of the President's Advisory Committee on the Status of Women and Associate Director of the Center for Latino Studies in the Americas.

Professor Madriz is survived by her husband Bernie McGinnis, her children, Brigida Perez-Derrick of Nashville and Carlos Perez-Madriz of Kingston, N.Y.; a sister, Carmen Madriz of San Francisco, a brother Luis Enrique Madriz of Caracas; and a granddaughter.

The members of the Section express their deepest sympathy to Esther's family and friends. We will remember her for her commitment, honesty, and integrity. She will be forever missed.