Iphigene Ochs Sulzberger ’14

Iphigene Ochs Sulzberger (Ochs) ’14 was the daughter of Adolph Ochs, who purchased the New York Times newspaper in 1896 when she was four years old. Sulzberger grew up in a privileged environment that included visits with prominent families such as the Carnegies and Schiffs. She credits part of her commitment to social causes to her Barnard education, which included volunteering weekly at the Henry Street Settlement while a student. In 1917, at the age of twenty-five, she married cotton merchant Arthur Sulzberger. She focused on raising their four children, became a trustee at the Times upon her father’s death in 1935, and got involved in civic and philanthropic causes, including serving on Barnard’s board from 1937 to 1968. Her youngest child, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, succeeded her husband at the paper, and he stepped aside to let his son Arthur Hays Sulzberger take charge in 1992. Sulzberger won awards for public service, received honorary degrees from Columbia and The Jewish Theological Seminary, and was awarded Barnard’s Distinguished Alumna Award in 1972. She published her memoirs, Iphigene in 1981, and died in 1990.