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Patty Lou Pashong
(1929-05-04)May 4, 1929
Des Moines, Iowa, US
|Died||January 1, 2021(2021-01-01) (aged 91)|
|Occupation||Writer and editor|
|Known for||Editor of Architectural Digest, 1975–2010|
|Spouse(s)||Richard F. Gardner (m.1950)
David Thomas (m.?–1956)
Arthur F. Rense (m.1958–1974 and 1987–1990)
Kenneth Noland (m.1994–2010)
Paige Rense, also known as Paige Rense Noland (May 4, 1929 – January 1, 2021) was an American writer and editor who served as editor-in-chief of Architectural Digest magazine from 1975 until 2010. She founded the Arthur Rense Prize poetry award. Rense also transformed the cooking magazine Bon Appétit into its modern format, was editor-in-chief of GEO, and wrote a mystery novel, Manor House (Doubleday, 1997).
Born on May 4, 1929 and adopted as an infant by Lloyd R. Pashong (1895–1988), a Des Moines, Iowa, public-school custodian, and his wife, the former Margaret May Smith (1890–1983), she was originally known as Patty Lou Pashong and took the name Paige as a teenager. By 1940, the family was living at 1014 Douglas Avenue in Des Moines, the residence of her maternal grandmother, Martha Smith; her father then was working as a spinner in a wool mill.
A high-school dropout, Rense began her career in journalism in the mid-1950s, as a member of the editorial staff of the skin-diving magazine Water World, where her future husband Arthur F. Rense was the managing editor. After leaving Water World she wrote a how-to beauty book and a novel, in addition to articles for Cosmopolitan, and worked in publicity and advertising.
In October 1970 Rense became associate editor of Architectural Digest. Six months later she was named head of the magazine after the murder of its editor-in-chief, Bradley Little, and was appointed editor-in-chief in 1975. She held that position until 2010, having transformed the magazine, which was founded in 1920 as a trade journal, into "a bible for the design world and increasing its circulation to more than 850,000 from 50,000 during her tenure".
Rense wrote Architectural Digest: Autobiography of a Magazine 1920–2010, in October 2018, which tells the story of Architectural Digest during her tenure as editor.
Rense was the recipient of:
- The Museum of Arts & Design Achievement Award (2006)
- The American Academy of Achievement Award (2000)
- The Pratt Institute Founder Awards (1997)
- The Interior Design Hall of Fame Award (1985)
Rense was married to:
- Richard F. Gardner, a Los Angeles advertising executive. They married on August 25, 1950 and later divorced.
- David Thomas, whom she met while they were both working for the US Armed Forces Radio Service in Tokyo, Japan, in the early 1950s. They divorced in Baker, Florida, in 1956.
- Arthur F. Rense (1916–1990), a sports journalist for the Los Angeles Daily News and the director of public relations for Howard Hughes's Summa Corporation. By this marriage she had three stepsons. The couple were married twice, from February 22, 1958, until their divorce in March 1974 and from December 22, 1987, until Arthur Rense's death. In 1998, Rense established the triennial Arthur Rense Prize in poetry in honor of her late husband, an amateur poet; it is given by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
- Color field painter Kenneth Noland (1924–2010), whom she married in 1994. By this marriage she had four stepchildren.
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- Full name given in 1940 U.S. Federal Census, accessed on ancestry.com on January 18, 2017
- Name change cited in Amanda Vaill, "The Only Dame in Town", New York Magazine, February 21, 1994, page 37
- U.S. Federal Census, 1940, accessed on ancestry.com on January 18, 2017
- Childhood move and running away cited in Amanda Vaill, "The Only Dame in Town", New York Magazine, February 21, 1994, page 37
- Parents' names, maiden name, age (10 months), and father's occupation cited in 1930 U. S. Federal Census for Des Moines, Iowa, accessed on ancestry.com on October 16, 2010.
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- Dates of marriage and divorce and bride's maiden name stated on the California Divorce Index, 1966–1984, Case No 029389, accessed on ancestry.com on October 16, 2010
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- Smith, Roberta. "Kenneth Noland, Color Field Artist, Is Dead at 85". nytimes.com. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
- Rifkin, Glenn (January 3, 2021). "Paige Rense, Trendsetting Editor of Architectural Digest, Dies at 91". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 4, 2021.
- Vaill, Amanda (February 21, 1994). "The Only Dame in Town: How Paige Rense Made Architectural Digest the 2,000-Pound Gorilla of Interior Design". New York. 27 (8): 34–40. ISSN 0028-7369. ProQuest 205062856.
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