Mr. Jack Rosenthal, 1935-2017

Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park mourns the loss of one of its former Board members, Mr. Jack Rosenthal, who served the Park for three years. Mr. Rosenthal’s sixty-one year career included time as a spokesman and strategist for Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy; work on the Kerner Commission in the wake of 1967’s urban rebellions; and several decades as a writer and editor for the New York Times, winning a Pulitzer Prize for distinguished editorial writing in 1982. Mr. Rosenthal was a champion of equality and justice, and served numerous charitable organizations, including the 9/11 Neediest Fund, which he founded as president of the New York Times Foundation. As the son of a refugee from Nazi Germany, and an immigrant to the United States from Tel Aviv, he embodied the very best of the nation’s ideals, committing his life to public service, philanthropy, and the pursuit of speaking truth to power. Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, New York City, and the country as a whole will forever be in his debt. His New York Times obituary, detailing his long and storied career, can be found here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/24/business/media/jack-rosenthal-dead-new-york-times-editor.html?

Mr. Jack Rosenthal

Mr. Jack Rosenthal