DN Editorial: A Titan & his legacy: Lewis Katz did more than make money. He gave it to those who needed it.

Posted: June 03, 2014

IT IS HARD, at a time like this, to find adequate words to convey our shock and sorrow at the death of Lewis Katz, a co-owner of the Daily News, Inquirer and Philly.com.

Katz died Saturday along with six other passengers and crew in a plane attempting to leave Massachusetts for Atlantic City.

Four days before, he had won ownership of the media company, with H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest. It was during this most recent chapter in which Katz could be characterized as a titan clashing with other titans for control of the city's dominant media company.

But his titan status began long before - in his giant efforts to give back to the city of Camden, to this region, to Jewish organizations and to institutions like Temple University. His astute business acumen made him wealthy, but his philanthropic efforts made the region even richer. Among many acts of generosity, he underwrote a new Boys & Girls Club of Camden; as an owner of the New Jersey Nets, he created a trust fund from the profits of the team to help young people with scholarships and programs; lately, he founded a Camden charter school. In fact, he had attended an education-related event in Massachusetts on Saturday.

He was once quoted as saying, "You have a responsibility to help other people the way you were helped." The many lives that he touched will feel his loss, but form a remarkable legacy to a remarkable man.

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