Megan Marshack

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Megan Marshack
Born (1953-10-31) October 31, 1953 (age 64)[1]
Occupation News writer, producer WCBS-TV and Nelson Rockfeller's aide.

Megan Ruth Marshack[2] (born October 31, 1953,[3] in California) was an aide to former Vice President Nelson Rockefeller and was with him when he died on January 26, 1979.[4][5]


Marshack worked on Rockefeller's vice-presidential staff, in Washington, D.C., for two years.[6] There was speculation in the press regarding the nature of the relationship between Rockefeller and Marshack. For example, long-time Rockefeller aide Joseph E. Persico claimed in the PBS documentary about the Rockefeller family, "It became known that he had been alone with a young woman who worked for him, in undeniably intimate circumstances, and in the course of that evening had died from a heart attack."[7] News organizations widely reported that Marshack was a named beneficiary in his will, though the bulk of his estate was left to his wife with other large gifts going to museums.[8]

Prior to her employment with Rockefeller, she was a radio news reporter for the Associated Press.[9]

Marshack has remained largely out of the public eye since 1979. For about a year after Rockefeller died, she dated cartoonist Charles Addams, who lived in the same apartment building as she did.[10]

In 1992, it was reported that she was still living in New York working as a news writer for WCBS-TV, but the Washington Post noted she declined to comment, saying "I don't do interviews."[11] According to newspapers in September 1994, she was a news writer and producer at WCBS-TV.[12] In December 2008 Parade reported that Marshack married a journalist and was living in Southern California.[13]


  1. ^ Official records of Eldorado County Registrar of Voters
  2. ^ Although the name is sometimes incorrectly spelled as "Marshak", reliable news sources render the name as "Marshack".
  3. ^ According to AP employment application, as cited in Robert D. McFadden, "Call to 911 for Stricken Rockefeller Did Not Identify Him", The New York Times, 30 January 1979
  4. ^ Robert D. McFadden, "New Details Are Reported on How Rockefeller Died", The New York Times, 29 January 1979; Robert D. McFadden, "Call to 911 for Stricken Rockefeller Did Not Identify Him", The New York Times, 30 January 1979; Robert D. McFadden, "Rockefeller's Attack Is Now Placed at 10:15, Hour Before 911 Call", The New York Times, 7 February 1979; Robert D. McFadden, "Rockefeller Aide Did Not Make Call to 911", The New York Times, 9 February 1979; "Marshack Friend Makes Statement on Rockefeller", The New York Times, 11 February 1979.
  5. ^ Corky Siemaszko The story of Nelson Rockefeller's death and the spin that kept the (sexy) truth out of the headlines New York Daily News, 14 August 2017,
  6. ^ Robert D. McFadden, "Call to 911 for Stricken Rockefeller Did Not Identify Him", The New York Times, 30 January 1979
  7. ^ PBS documentary
  8. ^ See, for example, Peter Kihss, "Bulk of Rockefeller's Estate Is Left to Wife; Museums Get Large Gifts", The New York Times, 10 February 1979; this piece that aired on NBC's Evening News on February 9, 1979; and this piece by Max Robinson that aired on ABC Evening News on February 9, 1979.
  9. ^ "Rocky Recalled", Time magazine, February 12, 1979
  10. ^ Charles Addams: A Cartoonist's Life; Linda H. Davis (2006)
  11. ^ "The Reliable Source, Remember Megan Marshack? She'd Rather You Not." The Washington Post. Washington, D.C.: June 5, 1992. pg. c.03. (91 words).
  12. ^ Charlotte Observer. NewsBank. September 14, 1994.
  13. ^ Scott, Walter (2008-12-28). "Walter Scott's Personality Parade". Parade. Parade Publications.