Mr. Brumback graduated from Culver Military Academy in Indiana in 1946 and earned a bachelor's degree from Princeton University in 1950. He performed some postgraduate work in accounting at the University of Toledo and was a first lieutenant with the Army during the Korean War, being awarded a Bronze Star.
In 1951, Mr. Brumback married Mary Howe, his sister's former roommate.
Mr. Brumback began his career as an accountant with Arthur Young & Co. In 1957, he joined the Orlando Sentinel newspaper's parent company, Sentinel Star Co., working as controller, business manager and general manager. Tribune Co. purchased the Orlando Sentinel in 1965.
In 1989, Mr. Brumback was promoted to be president and chief operating officer of Tribune Co., and a year later, he became the company's CEO. He added the position of chairman in 1993.
After retiring from Tribune Co. in 1995, Mr. Brumback divided his time between a home on Lake Shore Drive and his home in Sarasota, Fla., his son said. He later made Sarasota his full-time home.
Mr. Brumback, along with his wife and other son, Wesley, bought a 1,200-acre citrus grove in Florida's Charlotte County, where he spent much of his time during retirement, his son said. The family sold the grove in September, Charles Brumback Jr. said.
His wife died in 2009.
In addition to his two sons, Mr. Brumback also is survived by two daughters, Anne Meyer and Ellen Allen; a brother, John S. Brumback Jr.; a sister, Cynthia Brumback; and seven grandchildren.more » « less