SCOTT--Lael French, died at home in Greenwich Village on April 24. Journalist, lawyer, restless adventurer, beloved mother, wife, grandmother, aunt, friend. Born in Seattle in 1936, she studied at Goucher, the University of Washington, Heidelberg and London before graduating from Columbia in the city she made home. A reporter for Dolly Schiff's liberal New York Post in the '60s, she covered crime, politics (RFK's Senate race), society (Capote's B&W Ball). In '68, a new mother, she joined then-husband Arthur Herzog in helping run the McCarthy campaign. She divorced, wrote for magazines, became a business columnist, studied law at Cardozo - graduating at 46 - and started her own practice. In 2002 she met her second husband and great love, Lloyd Kaye, in a New School class; he died in 2011. She is survived by her son Matthew Herzog, daughter-in-law Linda, grandchildren Alex, Josephine and James, nieces Lenore Madeleine and Lael Alspach, nephews Tom de Kay, Phil Roosevelt, Lennox and John Scott.
Published in The New York Times on Apr. 27, 2014