Norman Brant Chandler
Norman Brant Chandler, 49, a former
Los Angeles Times executive and the first member of the fifth
generation of his family to establish a career with the Los Angeles
Times, has died. 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, Chandler attended Polytechnic
School in Pasadena and the Cate School in Carpinteria. He was
a National Merit Scholarship finalist when he graduated in 1970.
He went on to 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 said years later that his experiences abroad deepened
his interest in journalism and 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 final page production.
The Chandler family controlled the Times from 1884 to 2000, when
the Times and its parent company, Times Mirror, were purchased
by Tribune Co.
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.
His 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 last family
member to hold the title.
In 1976, Norman Chandler married Jane Emilie Yeager, and they
had four children: Otis, Christopher, Dana and Jenna. They survive
him, as do his father; his mother, Marilyn Brant DeYoung; brothers
Harry and Michael Chandler; sisters Cathleen Eckhardt and Carolyn
Chandler; grandmother Jane Mawn Brant Ward; stepmother Bettina
Chandler; and stepfather Patrick DeYoung.
A memorial service was held May 5 at 4 p.m. at St. Andrew's Episcopal
Church in Ojai. The family requested that there be no flowers
and that all donations be sent to the church.
Norma C. Zigler
Norma C. Zigler, 71, of Ojai, died Thursday,
May 2, 2002, in Ojai. She was born June 30, 1930, in Arkansas
City, Kan., and lived in Ojai for 42 years.
Mrs. Zigler was a homemaker. She was a bingo player and was an
active member of the Ojai Valley Boat Club several years ago.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Alecia and Rick
Taylor, grandson Greg Taylor, and granddaughter Melinda Taylor,
all of Ojai; son and daughter-in-law Steve and Maura Zigler of
South Lake Tahoe; and brother-in-law Robert Zigler and his wife,
Bobbie, of Canyon Lake.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Zigler, brother
Bill Thornton, and sister Myrtle Bartron.
A memorial Mass was held May 7 at 9 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas
Catholic Church in Ojai. A graveside service will be held today
at noon at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park in Ventura.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.
Arrangements are under the direction of Clausen Funeral Home
Erma P. Rizzo
Erma P. Rizzo, 58, died Saturday, May
4, 2002 at Community Memorial Hospital following a long illness.
She was born July 7, 1943 in Ventura to James and Rosalie Molina,
and was a lifelong Ventura County resident.
Mrs. Rizzo was employed by the Ojai Valley School for 34 years
as the housekeeping supervisor, retiring in 1994.
She is survived by her daughters, Sandra Aguilar and Mary Perez,
of Ojai; cousin Robert Hernandez of Ojai; three grandchildren;
and two great-grandchildren.
Private services will be held at a later date.
Arrangements are under the direction of Pierce Brothers Stetler
Mortuary in Santa Paula.
© 2002 The Ojai Valley