Allison Stacey Cowles, Activist and Wife of Arthur ‘Punch’ Sulzberger, Dies at 75

Numerous outlets, including The New York Times, are reporting that Allison Stacey Cowles, noted advocate for educational causes and wife of former New York Times publisher Arthur Ochs “Punch” Sulzberger, passed away this weekend. She had pancreatic cancer.

Cowles served on numerous boards for organizations that worked to advance educational and environmental causes, such as the Smithsonian Institution and the Central Park Conservancy. She married Sulzberger in 1996. Before that, she had been married to William H. Cowles III, a Spokane, Wa., newspaper publisher. Cowles died in 1992.

She is survived by Sulzburger and his son, current New York Times Co. chairman Arthur Sulzberger, Jr.; as well as her son William Stacey Cowles, publisher of The Spokesman-Review, her daughter and Cowles chairwoman Elizabeth A. Cowles; brother Richard Stacey; and four grandchildren.