Duryan Bhagat-Clark, senior director of planning at Scholastic, died of cancer on January 2 at the age of 49.

She joined Scholastic in 1995 as assistant managing editor, focusing on school market and book fair paperbacks. She moved to Disney as global managing editor, and returned to Scholastic in 2005. Her areas of expertise included overseeing financial analysis for the Scholastic Trade division by reviewing costs, specs and margins on new publishing. She was also the division liaison for multiple publishing database systems.

JoAnne Mojica, v-p of publishing operations and sales planning for Scholastic Trade, said, “Everyone at Scholastic knew Duryan: her uncanny ability to answer all questions thrown at her, her willingness to help with any issue, and her stubbornness to ensure every task was done correctly. This was all about her love of making the books and not just a job to be done.”

Bhagat-Clark is survived by her husband, Russel Clark, and daughter Nansi.