Sunday, April 28, 2013

Ex-Ms. magazine editor Mary Thom killed in Yonkers motocycle crash

Ex-Ms. magazine editor Mary Thom killed in Yonkers motocycle crash, The 68-year-old Mary Thom, writer and former editor of Ms. magazine, crashed while riding her motorcycle Saturday and was killed.

ABC News carried the April 28 Associated Press report of Friday’s fatal accident on Saw Mill River Parkway, Yonkers, just north of New York City.

Thom’s nephew, Thom Loubet, said his aunt was an ardent motorcyclist who never owned a car, often leading family cycling trips to destinations like New Mexico and Glacier National Park.

“She’s been riding motorcycles for probably 40 years,” said Loubet, who lived with his aunt for 10 years in Manhattan after college.

At the time of Friday’s accident, she had just picked up her motorcycle from winter storage in Yonkers, he said.

Thom had a passion for riding and died while riding her favorite 1996 Honda Magna 750.

"The important thing to know about Mary is that she was a major leader of the 70's Feminist movement, but never desired the limelight," Loubet said in an email. "She stayed behind the scenes tirelessly crafting the message and simply making it better."

According to the Associated Press, Thom was one of Ms. magazine's founding members and served as an editor there for about 20 years, leaving in 1992. She also was an author who wrote a book about the history of Ms. and was a co-author, with Suzanne Braun Levine, of an oral history of former congresswoman and activist Bella Abzug.

Most recently, Thom served as editor-in-chief of the Women's Media Center's features department, which produces reports and commentaries by national and international contributors.

Thom, an Akron, Ohio, native, lived for many years in New York City, where she became one of the women's movement's best editors, feminist icon Gloria Steinem said.

"She had a gift for helping people tell their own story, not for helping them sound like others, but helping them find their own voice," Steinem said.

Thom is survived by her sister and other relatives.

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