We recently and suddenly lost our dear friend and partner, Dr. Brenda Gavin. Brenda co-founded Quaker Partners with P. Sherrill Neff and Ira M. Lubert in 2002, always pursuing the vision that a dramatic increase in the venture capital funding based in the Greater Philadelphia region could stimulate enormous growth in entrepreneurial activity and highly skilled jobs in the region. Brenda was always focused on helping the next generation of entrepreneurs, professionals, and scientists and devoted many hours of her personal time to helping and mentoring others, and making wonderful connections for people and businesses. She was a fixture on the Philadelphia life sciences scene, serving as President and Chairman of the Greater Philadelphia Venture group and as board member and active supporter of the Ben Franklin Technology Partners, BioAdvance, Penn State Research Foundation, Drexel Coulter Oversight Committee and the Monell Chemical Senses Center. She tirelessly advocated for the venture capital industry as a member of the National Venture Capital Association. She touched each one of us in ways we will never stop remembering. Her humor, her iron-clad ethical beliefs and her “reach” deep in the Philadelphia community are only a few important facets of the Brenda we knew. We will miss her terribly.