Services were Saturday (Jan. 17) in Orlando, Fla., for Charles T. Brumback ’46, trustee emeritus of The Culver Educational Foundation and the retired CEO of the Chicago Tribune Co. Mr. Brumback died Jan. 12, 2015, in Winter Park, Fla.
He was Culver’s Man of the Year in 1997.
The son of John Brumback, valedictorian of the Culver Class of 1910, Mr. Brumback lettered in Rifle as a plebe and was an individual winner at the NRA Boys’ national Championship. In his third-class year he earned a gold medal at the National ROTC Championships and helped lead the Culver Military Academy team to the Hearst Trophy, emblematic of the national title for the first of three consecutive years. As a first-classman, he was co-captain of Rifle.
Additionally, he was an all Midwest and Prep Conference lineman in football, a member of the Honor Council, a lieutenant in Battery A, and Regimental Personnel Officer. Mr. Brumback graduated 24th in a class of 187.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics at Princeton University and was an Army veteran of the Korean War, earning a Bronze Star as a lieutenant. In Korea (1951-53), he was a Forward Observer, one of the most dangerous of combat positions.
Mr. Brumback became CEO and president of The Chicago Tribune in 1981, building a reputation for effective leadership and for embracing technology, according to a published obituary. He was named president and chief operating officer of The Tribune Company in 1989, the CEO in 1990, and chairman of the board in 1993. He retired from The Tribune in 1995.
He is survived by two sons, Charles Brumback Jr. ’72 of Orlando, Fla., and Wesley ’76 of Oviedo, Fla.; two daughters, a brother, and seven grandchildren, several of whom attended Culver.