I grew up reading the Solar Queen stories. She was one of my routes into SF, along with the other writers Gollancz published, and the Jersey States Library Service put on the shelves of the Children's Library just down the road from my father's shop.
I think it's time for a memorial re-reading of Sargasso of Space. After more than 30 years, it's still one of my favourite books.
That seems to be the the right thing to do...
[Update: SFWA obituary]