NEW YORK — Sally S. Rinard, an editor, novelist and movie critic who wrote for publications including Women’s Wear Daily and Good Housekeeping, died on June 11 from lymphoma. She was 63 years old and lived in Wilmington, Del., the same city where she was born.
According to friends, Rinard began her journalism career in the Seventies at Good Housekeeping, followed by WWD, where she was a market editor who frequently contributed to the Eye section. After WWD, she wrote a novel about the New York fashion, publishing and social scene, “Pretensions,” that was published in 1986.
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In 1989, Rinard moved back to Wilmington, where she worked as a full-time freelance writer. Rinard was a contributor and movie critic for Out & About Magazine and started a monthly gossip column for Delaware Today. She founded the Delaware Literary Connection, a cultural organization dedicated to developing creative writers. Rinard was also named a “Communicator of Achievement” in 1998 by the Delaware Press Association.
In her spare time, Rinard helped children start a newsletter at an East Harlem library in New York and served on the benefit committee of Literacy Partners for the “Evening of Readings” annual gala at Lincoln Center.
Rinard attended the University of South Carolina and received a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
A celebration of life service for Rinard will be held at Christ Church Christiana Hundred in Greenville, Del., on Friday.