Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Harold F. Grumhaus

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Harold F. Grumhaus

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Harold F. Grumhaus, who died May 29 in Naples, Fla., at the age of 96, rose from Chicago Tribune assistant production manager to chairman and chief executive officer of Tribune Co. in the course of a four-decade career which spanned the one-man leadership of Col. Robert R. McCormick to a modern multi-media corporation.

In 1960, five years after McCormick's death, Grumhaus was Chicago Tribune production manager when he was appointed business manager and given the assignment of completely restructuring the newspaper and its parent company. Grumhaus' plan, which included reincorporating both entities, prepared the way for the eventual emergence of Tribune Co. as a public company in 1983.

Grumhaus was named Chicago Tribune publisher in 1969 just as the newspaper was making another kind of transition from its traditional outspoken Republican partisanship viewpoint. Grumhaus supported the paper's journalists even when he disagreed with them. That hands-off approach was tested most severely, perhaps, during the Watergate crisis when the Chicago Tribune in May 1974 called for the resignation of President Richard M. …

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