Ex-‘LA Times’ Exec Chandler Dies


(AP) Norman Brant Chandler, a former Los Angeles Times executive and a member of the fifth generation of his family to establish a career with the newspaper, has died. He was 49.

Otis Chandler, publisher of the paper from 1960 to 1980, said his eldest son died Friday at his home in Ojai of complications from a brain tumor.

An avid sportsman, Norman Chandler was training for a triathlon in 1989 when he collapsed and was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Despite failing health in the past decade, he pursued photography and painting and, until recently, kept up physical therapy that included swimming.

Born in San Marino, Norman Chandler was a National Merit Scholarship finalist when he graduated from high school in 1970. He attended Yale University, later transferring to Stanford, where he earned a degree in communications.

He joined the Times in 1976, working in an executive training program that included reporter assignments at overseas Times bureaus. He once said that his experiences abroad led him to rule out other professions.

When he returned to Los Angeles, he sought more experience in the newspaper’s technical operations. He was named composing superintendent in 1987 and managed many departments integral to page production.

The Chandler family controlled the Times for more than a century, beginning in 1884. The Times and its parent company, Times Mirror, were purchased by the Tribune Co. in 2000.

Norman Chandler was the great-great-grandson of Gen. Harrison Gray Otis, who bought part-ownership of the Times in 1882 and served as its publisher for 35 years.

Norman Chandler’s great-grandfather was Harry Chandler, the Times‘ second publisher. His grandfather, Norman Chandler, was the third publisher, and his father, Otis Chandler, was the paper’s fourth and final family member to hold the title.

He is survived by his wife; four children; his mother and father; four brothers and sisters; a grandmother; and a stepmother and stepfather.

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