JACK ROSENTHAL, FORMER DIRECTOR OF ROOSEVELT HOUSE PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE AT HUNTER COLLEGE, DIES

Jack Rosenthal, 82, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, government official and civic leader who served as interim director of Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College during the 2014-2015 academic year, died on Aug. 23.

During a life of public service, he was a spokesman and strategist for Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy; the principal editor of the landmark Kerner Commission report, which condemned white society for isolating African-Americans and, in a chapter he wrote on “The Future of the Cities,” argued for federal investment in integration to reverse “the movement of the country toward two societies, separate and unequal.” He directed the editorial page of The New York Times and The Times Magazine and, as president of The New York Times Foundation, raised millions of dollars for victims of the 2001 World Trade Center attack. He won the 1982 Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing.

A video of his 2014 Roosevelt House interview with historian Rick Perlstein, author of The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan, is at http://bit.ly/1mfEKPp.

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