Pat Ryan, First Female Time Inc. Editor, Dies

By Chris O'Shea Comment

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Pat Ryan, a pioneering Time Inc. editor, has died from complications due to cancer. She was 75.

Ryan — who started at Time Inc. as a secretary — served as managing editor of People and Life, and was the first female editor to oversee a Time Inc. publication.

Ryan has been credited with creating People’s “Sexiest Man Alive” franchise and backing the idea for Entertainment Weekly.

Jeff Jarvis, who was hired by Ryan, wrote in a post that he “owed his career” to Ryan.