A Lion of Journalism

1917: Harry Chandler takes over as head of The Times after the death of his father-in-law, Harrison Gray Otis

1927: Otis Chandler is born to Harry Chandler's son Norman and his wife, Dorothy Buffum Chandler. 1937: Otis Chandler is nearly killed in a horse-riding accident.

1944: Harry Chandler dies at age 80 and Norman Chandler becomes publisher.

1946: Otis Chandler graduates from the Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass. 1946: Enrolls at Stanford University.

1950: In competition at a West Coast track meet, establishes what is then the third-best shotput mark in history.

1950: Graduates from Stanford. 1951: Marries fellow Stanford student Marilyn Brant. They have five children.

1951-53: Serves in the U.S. Air Force, stationed in the Bay Area, and reaches the rank of first lieutenant.

1952: Is co-captain of the Air Force track team, but injury prevents his tryout for the U.S. team that will compete at the Olympic Games in Helsinki.

1953: Joins Times Mirror Co. and begins a seven-year "executive training" program; eventually works in all Times departments.

1955: Lifting 845 pounds, wins the heavyweight division of a Southern California weightlifting championship.

1955: Writes a seven-part Times series on the care and treatment of emotionally disturbed children.

1960: At age 32, is named publisher of The Times, replacing his father. 1960: Jerry Hulse, a Metro reporter, becomes Travel editor as the paper begins rapid expansion of international coverage.

1961: Under Chandler, the paper recruits prominent journalists. Jim Murray's column debuts. Committed to expanding its coverage, The Times beefs ups its Washington bureau as President Kennedy takes office.

1961: Chandler is named corporate vice president of Times Mirror's newspaper division. 1961: After Chandler announces that The Times will cover all sides of the political spectrum, the paper publishes an ambitious and controversial series on the ultraconservative John Birch Society.

1962: The company's Los Angeles Mirror folds in deal with the Hearst Corp., which closes morning Los Angeles Examiner. Times average weekday circulation hits 757,776, a gain of 204,926 subscribers over the previous year. It is the largest circulation gain of any U.S. newspaper.

1962: Democrat Pat Brown defeats Richard Nixon for governor.

1962-64: The Times opens bureaus in Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City, Hong Kong, Rome, Bonn, London, Vienna and San Francisco, at the United Nations and on Wall Street.

1962: USC awards Chandler its Distinguished Achievement Award for Journalism.

1964: Paul Conrad is hired as editorial cartoonist.