SULZBERGER--Arthur Ochs. The Fresh Air Fund, its Board of Directors and staff mourn the passing of Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Chairman Emeritus of The Fresh Air Fund. Punch was a visionary leader, remarkable person and cherished friend who made the world a better place. He was admired and respected by so many people who will miss him dearly. Punch's commitment to The Fresh Air Fund began with a phone call in 1967. The New York Herald Tribune was about to close its doors leaving the future of its charity, The Herald Tribune Fresh Air Fund, up in the air. What would happen to the thousands of New York City's neediest children who depended on The Fund to provide free summer experiences? Punch picked up a phone and answered that question by stepping in with his full support, along with the resources of The New York Times. Punch is a hero and champion to New York City's boys and girls who are the beneficiaries of his generosity of spirit, kindness and compassion to this day. Punch joined The Fund's Board of Directors in 1967, was Chairman from 1978 to 1988, and continued on as Board member and Chairman Emeritus until his death. We offer our deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to his entire family, including former Board Vice President, Cynthia Sulzberger who served for 18 years, Board member David Perpich, and Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. who has continued his father's tradition of support. Punch was a true gentleman who shared his quiet strength, grace, wisdom and charming sense of humor. His contributions to The Fresh Air Fund are enormous including his support of vital public awareness through the pages of The New York Times. In the Board room, he led by example with intelligence and insight, and, at camp, he always found the time to laugh with the children and make them feel special. We are deeply saddened by the loss of our distinguished colleague and dear friend. He will be missed by all New Yorkers whose lives he touched and changed in so many ways. William P. Lauder, Chairman of the Board John N. Irwin III, President Jenny Morgenthau, Executive Director The Fresh Air Fund

Published in The New York Times on Oct. 2, 2012