William Safire – Wikipedia
Born to a Jewish family whose last name was originally « Safir« , William Safire later added the « e » for pronunciation reasons… He was perhaps best known as a long-time syndicated political columnist for the New York Times
Sulzberger was the son of Cyrus L. Sulzberger, a cotton-goods merchant, and Rachel Peixotto Hays, descendant of old and noteworthy Sephardic families. Her great-grandfather, Benjamin Seixas, brother of the famous rabbi and American revolutionary Gershom Mendes Seixas of Congregation Shearith Israel, was one of the founders of the New York Stock Exchange. Her grandfather, Dr D.L.M. Peixotto, was a prominent physician and director of Columbia University’s Medical College.
Sulzberger graduated from the Horace Mann School in 1909 and Columbia College in 1913, and married Iphigene Bertha Ochs in 1917. In 1918 he began working at the Times, and became publisher when his father-in-law, Adolph Ochs, the previous Times publisher, died in 1935. In 1929, he founded Columbia’s original Jewish Advisory Board and served on the board of what became Columbia-Barnard Hillel for many years. He served as a University trustee from 1944 to 1959 and is honored with a floor at the journalism school. He also served as a trustee of the Rockefeller Foundation from 1939 to 1957.