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Public memorial service for Inquirer owner Lewis Katz

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 2, 2014 11:49 AM
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(Philadelphia) -- A public memorial service for Philadelphia Inquirer co-owner Lewis Katz will be held Wednesday at Temple University in Philadelphia.  

The 72-year-old Katz and six others died Saturday in a private plane crash near Boston. Katz was a 1963 graduate of Temple, a school trustee and a major donor. 

Investigators are trying to piece together what when wrong during the attempted takeoff from a runway surrounded by woods. The plane was carrying four passengers, two pilots and a cabin attendant.  

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Photo by AP Photo/Boston Herald, Mark Garfinkel, Pool

Katz had been returning to New Jersey from a gathering at the home of historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. Also killed was a next-door neighbor of Katz's, Anne Leeds, and Marcella Dalsey, who headed Katz's son's foundation.

The fourth passenger, Susan Asbell, was the wife of former New Jersey prosecutor Sam Asbell. 

Less than a week before the crash, Katz and another man reached a deal to gain full control of the Inquirer as well as the Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com. 

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