New York Times editor A.M. Rosenthal, May 10 A.M. ``Abe'' Rosenthal, the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who as executive editor of The New York Times rebuilt the Gray Lady of American journalism into one of the world's most respected newspapers, died at a hospital in Manhattan on Wednesday, May 10, 2006. He was 84. Rosenthal spent 55 years at the Times, from 1944 as a cub reporter until 1999 when he left the paper as the writer of a twice-weekly column. As the top editor from 1977 to 1986, Rosenthal remade virtually every part of the newspaper. Along with the changes came increases in advertising and circulation and 24 Pulitzer Prizes. To many who worked under him, he was a demanding and brilliant editor also known for his mercurial temperament and abrasiveness. R.W. ``Johnny'' Apple, who covered Washington as a Times reporter for four decades, said in 1999 that Rosenthal ``was not the nicest man to work for, but -- and there's a major but -- he may have saved The New York Times.''
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