Inquirer Owner Lewis Katz Dead

Lewis Katz

Lewis Katz, 72, the co-owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer whose side just won a bitter struggle for control of the paper, is among the seven killed in a plane crash last night, May 31, in Massachusetts.

The crash happened about 9:40 p.m. as  the Gulfstream IV was taking off from Hanscom Field in New Bedford for Atlantic City.

Also killed were passengers Anne Leeds, 74; Marcella Dalsey, the executive director of the Drew A. Katz Foundation and president of KATZ Acdemy Charter School;  Susan Asbell, 68, of Cherry Hill, who was a member of the planning committee of the Boys and Girls Club of Camden County; and three crew members whose names were not released.

Katz was in Massachusetts to attend an education-related event at the home of historian Doris Kerns Goodwin in Concord.

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell  declined to attend due to a another engagement. He would have been on the flight.

On May 27, Katz and H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest paid $88 milllion  to interests led by New Jersey insurance executive George Norcross III to achieve controlling interest of the Inquirer and its affiliated products.

Inquirer Owner Lewis Katz Dead


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