Sally Tobin grew up west of Port Angeles, Washington, within sight of Olympic National Park. She and her family spent many happy times in the Park, hiking, swimming, and fishing. She became a biologist and received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington. Her studies involved marine biology and embryology, and she became especially interested in how genes contribute to the changing shapes of cells and tissues during early development. Following postdoctoral work at UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco, she became a faculty member at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. At Oklahoma, she taught genetics to medical and graduate students and had an active research laboratory. As the field of genetic testing emerged, she became aware of the ethical and family issues that were raised, and her interest led her to move to the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics. At Stanford, she worked on projects involving physician education, genetic testing, judicial use of genetics, and research ethics. She also taught several courses, including Genetics in Family Medicine, Current Concepts and Dilemmas in Genetic Testing, and Responsible Conduct of Research. After her retirement, she became an enthusiastic kayaker, and grew to appreciate the Bay as a place for people of all ages to enjoy. Her favorite paddle is out under the Golden Gate Bridge.