04.28.1312:53 PM ET

Ms. Magazine Editor Mary Thom Dies

Killed in a motorcycle accident.

Feminist icon Mary Thom, the longtime editor of Ms. magazine, died Saturday in a car accident. She was 68. Thom was riding her motorcycle, which her friends called her one true love, on New York’s Saw Mill Parkway yesterday around 4 p.m. when she hit a car and was thrown onto the road. She was pronounced dead on the scene. Thom joined Ms. in 1972, and became executive editor in 1990. Although she worked largely behind the scenes, Thom was known for influencing some of the 20th-century’s most famous feminists, including Gloria Steinem and Jane Fonda. “She was a lodestone for the women’s movement nationally, and a center of trust, common sense and creativity,” Steinem told The New York Times.