NEW YORK — Former Town & Country editor in chief Frank Zachary died Friday at his home in East Hampton, N.Y. He was 101.
Although he is perhaps best known for his work at T&C where he served as editor from 1972 to 1991, Zachary also held various roles at Modern Photography, Holiday, Travel + Leisure and other publications.
A unifying theme of his work was his strong art direction and work with creative photographers. When he was appointed editor of T&C, his mandate was, like all editors, to grow the magazine’s circulation, which at the time, just 100,000 copies.
Zachary broadened the coverage of the Hearst-owned title to include areas such as food, politics, education and arts. While he spoke to readers who weren’t just super wealthy, he used the magazine’s photography as a peep hole into affluent society. His work with photographer Slim Aarons, for instance, became one of T&C most formidable partnerships. Under Zachary’s direction, T&C quadrupled its circulation to 400,000, Hearst said.
In a tribute on T&C’s Website, the magazine’s current editor in chief Jay Fielden said of Zachary: “Under his bowtied command the magazine became a handbook for the way to live it up in America that was chronicled with documentary-like detail by the snapshot virtuoso Slim Aarons.”
Fielden, who was appointed editor in 2011, said some important advice he received from Zachary included: “Don’t lose your nerve!” and “Life’s a little lonely without deadlines.”
Zachary, who was born in Pittsburgh on Feb. 13, 1914, was named editor emeritus of T&C when he retired in 1991. He is survived by his daughters Amy and Jennifer; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.