What a shock to hear of Darby Penney’s death — it is a huge loss for all who have ever thought that the mental health system should be and could be transformed. It is also a reminder that a “second generation” of activists, organizers, and psychiatric survivors is passing on… From the many times I heard Darby in NARPA and other conferences starting in the 1990s, I remember her as one of the most dignified people I met, projecting an aura of quiet but formidable determination, a power that sprang from her deep convictions and vast knowledge. But I knew also that she could be fearsome! Darby was impressive, she had class. She did not desist from the task — she spoke forthrightly, labored tirelessly.