Judith Sulzberger, of NY Times family, dies at 87

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Posted: Feb 22, 2011 7:39 PM
Judith Sulzberger, of NY Times family, dies at 87

Judith P. Sulzberger, a physician and member of the family that controls The New York Times, has died at age 87.

Sulzberger died Monday at home in Manhattan, the newspaper reported Tuesday. The cause of her death wasn't disclosed.

Sulzberger was the granddaughter of Adolph S. Ochs, who bought the newspaper in 1896. Her father, Arthur Hays Sulzberger, and brother, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, were publishers of the Times. Her nephew Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. is the current publisher.

Judith Sulzberger served on the Times' board of directors from 1974 to 2000 and was a principal owner of the company under a trust, the newspaper said.

But she made her career outside the family business in the medical field as a researcher and doctor in clinical and private practice, it said. She funded the Judith P. Sulzberger Genome Center at the Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Judith Peixotto Sulzberger was born in New York City on Dec. 27, 1923, the newspaper said. She received her medical degree in 1949. She was a resident in pathology at Grasslands Hospital in Valhalla, N.Y.

She took a break from the medical field to raise a family, but she returned to her career in the late 1950s and worked at various hospitals and clinics in New York and Connecticut, the newspaper said.

She later worked in private practice in East Hampton and undertook AIDS research in the mid-1980s at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Center, the Times said. She then focused on genetics and was a staff member at Columbia's College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Sulzberger is survived by her husband, two sons, three stepchildren, three siblings, four grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.