Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, former publisher of The New York Times, died today at his Southampton home at age 86. The Sulzberger family said he had been battling a long illness.
Sulzberger’s grandfather bought the Times in the late 1800s and publishing passed in the family through the male heirs. "Punch," as he was nicknamed, became publisher 1963 and helmed the Times for 34 years. During the Nixon era the paper published the Pentagon Papers, a dossier on the the U.S. Department of Defense’s involvement in Vietnam, The battle between the First Amendment and national security that foreshadowed Wikileaks. Sulzberger’s tenure also oversaw the integration of more women and minorities into the newsroom.
Sulzberger is remembered in a long obitutary on the New York Times web site today.