CAMDEN, NJ (CBS) — The Board of Freeholders in Camden County, New Jersey joins family and friends in mourning the loss of media mogul Lewis Katz Katz, who was raised in Camden, was killed in a fiery plane crash in Massachusetts.
“The Freeholder Board would like to extend our sincere condolences to the Katz family. Louis was raised in a row home in Camden City’s Parkside neighborhood and never forgot those roots. He dedicated much of his life to giving back a tremendous amount of attention and resources to the city of his birthplace. He served as a Camden County Freeholder from 1972 to 1976 and after that worked to enhance the city through philanthropic donations, collaborating with everyone from the First Nazarene Baptist Church on South Eighth Street to the Boys and Girls Club in Parkside that bears his name today. In addition, Katz worked tirelessly on behalf of the Jewish Federation and was a supporter of the Katz Jewish Community Center that bears the name of his parents Milton and Betty. Even after all of Katz’s success in business and professional sports he remained in Camden County by living in Cherry Hill and raising his family here. It is with profound sadness we say goodbye to a former freeholder who labored to improve the city and county through his philanthropy and compassion.”