And that’s the way it was: May 10, 2006

A. M. Rosenthal, former NYT executive editor, dies in Manhattan

On this day seven years ago, legendary New York Times executive editor Abraham Michael “A.M.” Rosenthal died at the age of 84. Rosenthal was a journalist for the Times for over half a century, winning a Pulitzer Prize in 1960 for international reporting. He served as managing editor from 1969-77, executive editor from 1977-88, and was a columnist from1987-99. During his time as editor, Rosenthal oversaw coverage of the Vietnam War, Watergate, and the Pentagon Papers.

His body is interred in Westchester Hills Cemetery in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. The epitaph on his grave reads: “He kept the paper straight.”

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