Arthur M. Sackler

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Arthur M. Sackler
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Born Arthur Mitchell Sackler
(1913-08-22)August 22, 1913
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died May 26, 1987(1987-05-26) (aged 73)
New York, New York, United States
Education Doctor of Medicine
Alma mater New York University School of Medicine
Known for Philanthropist, art collector
  • Else Finnich Jorgensen (m. 1934—divorced)
  • Marietta Lutze (m. 1949—divorced)
  • Gillian Lesley Tully (m. 1981)
  • Carol Master
  • Elizabeth A. Sackler
  • Arthur F. Sackler
  • Denise Marica

Dr. Arthur Mitchell Sackler (August 22, 1913 – May 26, 1987) was an American psychiatrist, entrepreneur and philanthropist.

Early life and career[edit]

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Sackler attended New York University School of Medicine and graduated with an M.D. In 1960 Sackler started publication of Medical Tribune, a weekly medical newspaper. He established the Laboratories for Therapeutic Research in 1938. He made his fortune in medical advertising, medical trade publications and the manufacture of over-the-counter drugs.[1] Sackler became known as "the father of modern pharmaceutical advertising" and is considered to have inspired the ambitious OxyContin marketing strategy.[2]


He established a wide range of medical institutions bearing his name: the Sackler School of Medicine established in 1972 at Tel Aviv University (with his brothers Mortimer Sackler and Raymond Sackler), the Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Science at New York University in 1980, the Arthur M. Sackler Science Center in 1985 at Clark University, the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences and the Arthur M. Sackler Center for Health Communications at Tufts University.

Sackler was also a scholar of the arts who considered himself "more of a curator than collector" who preferred acquiring collections to individual pieces.[1] He endowed galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Princeton University, the Arthur M. Sackler Museum at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Arthur M. Sackler Museum of Art and Archaeology at Peking University in Beijing, and the Jillian & Arthur M. Sackler Wing at the Royal Academy, London. He endowed the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, D.C., which opened after his death, with a gift of $4 million and 1,000 items.[1] His brother, multimillionaire Mortimer Sackler, endowed the Sackler Library at the University of Oxford, England.

Among these buildings that bear Sackler's name are noteworthy designs by major architects. Especially important is his Arthur M. Sackler Museum in Cambridge, one of only four structures in the U.S. by James Stirling, widely regarded as the leading British architect of the 20th century.[citation needed]

Arthur M. Sackler's daughter, Elizabeth A. Sackler, is a benefactor of the arts and sponsored the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum which opened in 2007. His grandson, Michael Sackler-Berner, is a musician based in New York City.

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  1. ^ a b c Glueck, Grace (1987-05-27). "Dr. Arthur Sackler Dies at 73; Philanthropist and Art Patron". New York Times. Retrieved 2014-05-11. 
  2. ^ Frazier, Ian (2014-09-18). "THE ANTIDOTE Can Staten Island's middle-class neighborhoods defeat an overdose epidemic?". New Yorker. Retrieved 2016-05-11.  line feed character in |title= at position 13 (help)