Stacy Ware, who served as the director of Student Health Services, died of cancer during winter break.

Ware’s battle with cancer lasted for over a year, according to an email sent by Dean of Undergraduates John Hutchinson to several staff members. She underwent treatment and returned to work with a positive prognosis, but left after a recent recurrence. Ware began working for Student Health Services in 1988. In 2015, with the departure of Mark Jenkins, she became director.

In the email, Hutchinson remembered Ware’s dedication to supporting nursing her staff. Hutchinson also remembered Ware’s optimism and excellence in providing health care for Rice students.

“I can say with confidence that Stacy loved working at Rice and loved caring for Rice students. She worked with a smile on her face but was unafraid to confront the various challenges that arose during her times as associate director and director,” Hutchinson wrote. “I will deeply miss her enthusiasm, her spirit, her compassion, her intellect, and of course, her talent as a physician.”