Ferraro in 2007. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)

We caught up with Ferraro at a gala four years ago, as Hillary Clinton’s campaign was about to get underway and Nancy Pelosi had just been elevated to House speaker — but she had no regrets that she was no longer in the political game. “My life has moved in a different direction. I want to experience my grandchildren” — seven at the time, “but we’re not done counting yet.”

Always striking, she looked especially “silver-fox” glamorous that night, we reported, “in a slim-cut black pantsuit, daringly underbuttoned white blouse, Hermes-looking scarf (and, yes, since you ask, we’d have described Walter Mondale’s wardrobe too if he had ever dressed that sharp).”

Read earlier: The Reliable Source: A Heartfelt Nod to One Who Paved the Way, 3/8/2007