Sheehy, Gail(1937– ) journalist, writer on popular psychology; born in Mamaroneck, N.Y. She attended the University of Vermont (B.S. 1958) and worked as a feature writer on the New York Herald Tribune (1963–66) and as an editor on New York magazine (1966–77). She wrote a number of best-sellers, including Passages: Predictable Crises of Adult Life (1976), Pathfinders (1981), and The Silent Passage (1992), which excelled in translating the findings and theories of academics and professionals into language and concepts that were meaningful to a broad public.
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