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Mary Brown Malouf, Editor of Salt Lake Magazine, dies after wave sweeps her into ocean

Posted at 11:40 AM, Dec 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-08 13:40:31-05

SALT LAKE CITY — The Executive Editor of Salt Lake Magazine, Mary Brown Malouf, died Monday after being swept into the ocean off the coast of northern California.

Salt Lake Magazine published an article entitled, Our North Star, Mary Brown Malouf.

According to our partners at the Salt Lake Tribune, the 67-year-old Malouf was walking on the North Jetty in Humboldt County with her son when a large swell pushed them into the water.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office posted on twitter that search and rescue teams were looking for Malouf where she was later rescued from the water and taken to the hospital.

Robert Gehrke is a reporter with the Tribune, and was a good friend of Malouf's. He says she was a larger-than-life person who had a big personality and was always welcoming people into her home.

Gehrke says she was an important voice for arts and culture in the city.

“She was an icon for this city and did so much to sort of foster the arts and the food and the culture of our community.”

READ: Robert Gehrke's Salt Lake Tribune article about Mary Brown Malouf

Gehrke says the news of Malouf’s death is tragic, but he wants people to remember what a great person she was and how she helped to transform the city, adding that “she will be greatly missed.”