Dow W. Carpenter, a retired senior vice president of Times Mirror Co. who oversaw its book and magazine publishing operations during much of his career, died Tuesday while vacationing in Kennebunkport, Maine. He was 75, and suffered from heart disease.
In the early 1960s, while he was a consultant with the management consultant firm of McKinsey & Co., Carpenter worked with Times Mirror Chairman Norman Chandler and others in developing Times Mirror's strategy as one of the first diversified media companies.
Carpenter joined Times Mirror, the former parent company of the Los Angeles Times, in 1964, and a year later became president of two of Times Mirror's graphic products subsidiaries. Times Mirror was purchased by the Tribune Co. in 2000.
Beginning in 1972, Carpenter held a variety of executive positions at Times Mirror, including chief financial officer, before retiring as a senior vice president in 1987. He spent much of his tenure overseeing Times Mirror's book and magazine publishing operations, its cable television business and other activities.