By  on May 30, 2014

NEW YORK — Ten speakers from divergent worlds came together Wednesday at The Times Center here to share stories about Art Ortenberg, the late cofounder and vice chairman of Liz Claiborne Inc. and a wildlife conservation philanthropist. One thing was abundantly clear: Ortenberg’s zeal for building Claiborne was matched by his passion for conservation and saving the environment.

The speakers — who included fashion and textile designers, conservationists and field biologists — used similar words to describe Ortenberg: a sharp mind, a lover of language, persistent, dogmatic, impatient and a desire to be in the fight to make things happen. And if he “suggested” you read a book, you better have read it. Ortenberg, 87, died Feb. 3 of complications of pneumonia and kidney failure.

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