Friends, family and colleagues are mourning the loss of Mary Thom, a former magazine editor and journalist, killed in a motorcycle accident in Yonkers Friday.
Thom, 68, worked as the executive editor of Ms. magazine and was the editor-in-chief at the Women's Media Center. She lived in Manhattan.
"We who are Mary's friends and family haven't absorbed her loss yet; it's too sudden," Robin Morgan, co-founded of the Women's Media Center, said in a statement. "Just please know that Ms. magazine, the Women's Media Center, the women's movement and American journalism have suffered an enormous blow.
"Mary was and will always be our moral compass and steady heart. Writers from around the world have been able to share their words and ideas because of her. Wherever her friends and colleagues gather, we will always ask the guiding question: What would Mary do?"
According to her online bio on WMC's website, she also wrote for the National Council for Research on Women, among other nonprofit women's organizations. She authored numerous books including "Inside Ms.: 25 years of the Magazine and the Feminist Movement."
Thom's colleagues at the WMC said they are "shaken and reeling" at her passing.
"Mary was one of the great writers, editors, and visionaries of the women's movement, and the heart and soul of Women's Media Center's feature writing," WMC president Julie Burton said in a statement. "From her work in the early days of Ms. Magazine right up until this week, hers was a clear, strong voice for equality -- and her editorial talents lifted so many other voices as well ... Mary, we miss you already."
"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.
Thom's motorcycle crashed on the southbound lanes of the Saw Mill River Parkway near Lockwood Avenue at about 5:20 p.m. Friday, the Westchester Department of Public Safety said. An autopsy will be performed Saturday afternoon, officials said.
The accident closed lanes in both directions on the parkway four hours, with northbound lanes reopening just before 9 p.m. Traffic resumed on the southbound lanes after police concluded their accident investigation.