Carol Sama Sheehan was editor in chief of Houston Home & Garden and Dallas/Ft. Worth Home & Garden magazine from 1975 to 1983, and was instrumental in making the publications nationally recognized. She then went on to become editor of American Home Style, published by The New York Times, and founding editor of Countryside magazine, published by the Hearst Corporation. She then began an 11-year stint at Country Home magazine, published by Meredith Corporation, when, in 2008, she left to begin writing and editing design books with her husband, Laurence Sheehan, for Clarkson Potter, including The Sporting Life: A Passion for Hunting and Fishing (1992), Living With Dogs (1999) and, most recently, The Birding Life (2011). Carol died April 18 in her home in Ashfield, Massachusetts, of complications from breast cancer. She was my editor, mentor and friend when I joined Houston Home & Garden straight from college. She will be missed.