From the AFT:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sandra Feldman, who rose from her position as a second-grade elementary school teacher in New York City to become president of the 1.3 million member American Federation of Teachers, died last night after a long battle with cancer, AFT President Edward J. McElroy announced today. Feldman would have been 66 years old next month.
This is a loss on multiple levels. Obviously the personal dimension for her family, friends, and colleagues, but also for the AFT and the teachers they represent because she was no ideologue, was able to see the forest for the trees, and understood the stakes…in other words a leader.