Kate Rand Lloyd, former longtime editor in chief at Working Woman magazine who took pride in never promoting stories on "how to get and hold a man" or "dieting for a great figure," died in San Rafael on Feb. 23. She was 89.
In a magazine career that spanned more than 47 years, including managing editor of Glamour in the 1950s and Vogue in the 1970s, Mrs. Lloyd became an advocate for professional, career-climbing women like herself at a time when the 40 million working women were just beginning to break into boardrooms.
"She was a working woman at a time when it wasn't always popular to be a working woman, so she really had to step in there and step up for herself," said her daughter, Ann Elizabeth "Liza" Ingrasci, president of the San Rafael-based Hoffman Institute Foundation and a San Anselmo resident. "She was somebody who was always about, 'You can do it.'"
Mrs. Lloyd was born in Minneapolis, Minn., in 1923. She won Vogue's Prix de Paris writing contest in 1945 while a senior at Bryn Mawr College, where she graduated cum laude. The award sent her to Paris to work as a junior editor at the magazine's office there and then at the New York City office, and launched her magazine career.
In 1977, Mrs. Lloyd left Vogue to revitalize the floundering newcomer Working Woman, which she once compared to "getting off the QE2 and into a leaky rowboat." Still, she considered it her "best career decision," and during her tenure the now-defunct
publication became one of the most widely circulated business magazines in the country, with nearly 1 million readers. She was editor in chief until 1983, and then editor at large until retiring in 1992.
"Kate not only embraced the workplace as a woman, but she didn't see any reason why women couldn't be as powerful and strong and effective in the workplace as men, and she really lived it. She was really a forerunner for all of us," said Karen Leland of San Rafael, a longtime family friend.
After retiring, Mrs. Lloyd split her time between family in upstate New York and San Anselmo. She moved to San Anselmo in 2006 after suffering a mild stroke, and to San Rafael a few years later.
In addition to Ingrasci, she is survived by her son John Rand Lloyd of Providence, R.I.; her sister, Sarah "Penny" Rand Winton of Minneapolis; many nieces and nephews, and seven grandchildren. Her husband of 51 years, John Davis Lloyd, and daughter Kate Angeline Traverse predeceased her.
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