Saratoga Springs, NY (October 5, 2012) - Yaddo notes with sadness the recent passing of Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, former publisher of The New York Times and chairman and chief executive of The New York Times Company, which has professional and private connections to Yaddo dating back to our origins.
In 1896, when The New York Times appeared close to bankruptcy, Yaddo founder Spencer Trask played a key role in the refinancing of the newspaper and supported Adolph S. Ochs (Mr. Sulzberger’s grandfather) taking control of the paper when anti-Semites opposed the move. Those personal and institutional bonds between The New York Times and the Ochs and Sulzberger families have persisted throughout Yaddo’s history.
For many years, The New York Times Foundation generously supported Yaddo’s mission by funding an annual residency for writers, and in 1999 an endowed residency was established in honor of Mr. Sulzberger’s mother, Iphigene Ochs Sulzberger, who served with distinction on Yaddo’s Board of Directors for several years. Her granddaughter, Karen Sulzberger (Mr. Sulzberger’s daughter), was a valued member of Yaddo’s board from 1986 to 2006, and Yaddo is currently privileged to have Mr. Sulzberger’s daughter-in-law, Gail Gregg, on its board. The New York Times served as the media sponsor for the Yaddo Centennial Festival of Arts in 2000 and has contributed to the Yaddo New York City Benefit.
Mr. Sulzberger, 86, was at the helm of The New York Times and its parent company for 34 years, and he is credited with transforming the business into a diversified, national, multi-million dollar enterprise. He died at his home in Southampton after a long illness.
All of us at Yaddo send our sympathy to Mr. Sulzberger’s extended family and colleagues.