Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, former publisher of The New York Times, dies aged 86

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Former New York Times publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger died at 86 years old on Saturday. According to his family Sulzberger had had a long illness.

He was known as "Punch", his nickname when he was a child.

In 1963, Sulzberger became publisher of The New York Times and chairman and chief executive of The New York Times Company. He retired as publisher in 1992. In 1997, Sulzberger left the chief executive position and was succeeded by his son, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr.. While Sulzberger was the paper's publisher it won 31 Pulitzer Prizes.

Adolph Ochs, Sulzberger's grandfather, bought the New York Times in 1896.

A national correspondent for the New York Times, John Schwartz, wrote on Twitter: "For those of us working at the NYT, the passing of Arthur O. Sulzberger has the sharp feel of a death in the family".