Marian Otis Chandler

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Marian Otis Chandler
Born (1866-07-01)July 1, 1866
Marietta, Ohio
Died August 9, 1952(1952-08-09) (aged 86)
San Marino, California
Spouse(s) Harry Chandler (m. 1894-1944, his death)
Children Francesca (stepchild)
Alice May (stepchild)
Constance Chandler
Ruth Chandler
Norman Chandler
Harrison Chandler
Helen Chandler
Philip Chandler
Parent(s) Harrison Gray Otis
Eliza Ann Wetherby
Relatives Mabel Otis Chandler (sister)
Lilian Otis Chandler (sister)
Esther Otis Chandler (sister)
Dorothy Buffum Chandler (daughter-in-law)
Otis Chandler (grandson)
Marilyn "Missy" Brant Chandler (first granddaughter-in-law) Bettina Whitaker Chandler (second granddaughter-in-law)
Mike Chandler (great-grandson)
Harry Blant Chandler (great-grandson)

Marian Otis Chandler (July 1, 1866 – August 9, 1952) was the secretary and a director of the Times-Mirror Company, which published the Los Angeles Times.


She was born as Emma Marian Otis July 1, 1866, in Marietta, Ohio,[1] to Harrison Gray Otis (publisher) and Eliza Ann Wetherby. Marian had three sisters, Mabel, Lilian, and Esther (who died in infancy),{[2]} and a brother, Harrison Gray (who died in infancy).{[2]}

In 1894, Marian married Harry Chandler, who later became publisher of the Los Angeles Times. Marian and Harry raised eight children together, Francesca (born April 7, 1890) and Alice May (July 24, 1892), from Harry's first marriage, and six of their own: Constance (born March 19, 1896), Ruth (October 15, 1897), Norman (September 14, 1899), Harrison Gray Otis (February 12, 1904) and the twins, Helen and Philip (born February 17, 1907).[3] Norman Chandler (1899–1973), became publisher of the Times after his father's death.

After the death of her husband in 1944, Mrs. Chandler resigned as secretary; a month later she was elected chairman of the Times-Mirror board. She also was vice president of the Chandis Securities Company and vice-president of the Southwest Land Company and the Southwest Company. She was known for her numerous philanthropies.[1]

She died on August 9, 1952 at her home in San Marino, California.[4] She was buried in Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, California. She left seven children — Mrs. Roger Goodan (Alice May), Mrs. Earle E. Crowe (Constance), Mrs. John J. Garland (Helen), Mrs. James G. Boswell (Ruth), Norman Chandler. Philip Chandler and Harrison Chandler, as well as a sister, Mabel Otis Booth.[1]


  • The community of Reseda, California, was originally named Marian, after Mrs. Chandler.[5]
  • A freighter ship built in 1917 (originally named War Flame but known as Empire Leopard when torpedoed and sunk November 2, 1942, by the German submarine U-402) was bought in 1929 by the Los Angeles Steamship Company and renamed Marian Otis Chandler, holding that name until it was sold again in 1939.[6]


  1. ^ a b c "Private Funeral Set Today for Mrs. Harry Chandler," Los Angeles Times, August 11, 1952, page A-1 A library card is required to access this link.
  2. ^ a b The Otis Family in America
  3. ^ Gwendolyn Garland Babcock, The Ancestry of Harry Chandler,
  4. ^ "Mrs. Harry Chandler, Widow of Publisher, Dies. Daughter of Gen. and Mrs. Harrison Gray Otis, Born in Ohio, Spent Lifetime in California". Los Angeles Times. August 10, 1952. Retrieved 2010-08-05. Mrs. Harry Chandler, 86, widow of Harry Chandler, died yesterday at her home, at 2330 N Hillhurst Ave. following a long illness. With Mrs. Chandler at the time of her death were members of the immediate family. 
  5. ^ Margaret Leslie Davis, Rivers in the Desert, Google e-book, page 91
  6. ^ "Empire Leopard,"

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