Skip to content Skip to navigation

Molly Schaefer: 1944 - 2015

Molly Schaefer, former Publisher of Town and Country died suddenly on June 17 of a horse riding accident at her farm in Pine Plains, NY. Born in Wauseon, Ohio, on October 14, 1944, she graduated from Michigan State in 1966, then taught English Literature to high school students in Detroit, She broke into the magazine world in the early 70's when she convinced LIFE magazine that she could land an interview with Jimmy Hoffa. She did, by literally sticking her foot in his door. Her determination, insatiable curiosity and zest for life led her to New York. She worked in advertising for the New Yorker and W, and became Associate Publisher of Cosmopolitan Magazine.  She went on to be the publisher of Town and Country until she retired in 2000.  An avid horsewoman and conservationist, she ran her farm while serving as an active board member of the Dutchess Land Conservancy, Executive VP of Historic Hudson Valley, a member of the steering committee for Pine Plains United and Board member of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. Molly's dedication to land preservation, family and friends will never be forgotten.  She leaves her devoted husband, Dan Slott and loving son, Johnny. Her sister, Melissa Moll of Apple Creek, Ohio also survives. A Tribute and celebration of her life will be held at Mashomac Preserve in Pine Plains on Sunday, June 28, 2015 at 2:00 pm. In memory of Molly, please send contributions to Dutchess Land Conservancy or Historic Hudson Valley.