Iphigene OchsSulzberger

Remembered best for her guidance to four publishers of the New York Times, Iphigene Ochs Sulzberger also helped strengthen the schools and parks of New York. Sulzberger’s father, Adolph Ochs, bought the Times in 1896 and built it from a struggling paper into a progressive touchstone, eventually passing it on to Sulzberger’s husband, son-in-law, and son. Sulzberger began volunteering at the Henry Street Settlement as a teenager and graduated from Barnard College in 1914. She married Arthur Sulzberger in 1917, the same year she became a director of the Times, and after he assumed control of the paper in 1935, she pushed him to include divergent political views. Meanwhile, she served as president of the Parks Association from 1934–1950 and chair from 1950–1957, creating programs for student gardeners. As a board member of Barnard College from 1937–1968, she raised over $2 million for their library; she also volunteered on the boards of numerous other colleges and girls’ schools. For over a decade, she was the single largest contributor to the United Negro College Fund. In 1981 she published her memoir, Iphigene, filled with insights about the Times and the many political powerbrokers she had encountered since childhood.

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Iphigene Ochs Sulzberger at the American Jewish Archives. From left to right: Dr. Abraham Peck, director of the archives; Susan Dryfoos; Sulzberger; and the dean of American Jewish historians, Jacob Rader Marcus.
Courtesy of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives.
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Chattanooga, TN
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