The Charles H. Stout Foundation

Charles H. Stout

(1903 - 1992)

Charles H. "Chick" Stout's noted career in newspapers and printing-related industry spanned more than a half a century. Born in Winterset, Iowa, the fourth oldest in a family of six boys, he worked his way to a degree in accounting at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, as a Linotype operator at the University Press. After graduation, he became an instructor in newspaper management at the University. It was in Iowa City in 1927 that he also co-authored a book entitled "The Business Department of School Publications" with Harry S. Bunker and future pollster George H. Gallup.

The years 1929 through 1947 were spent in New York City as Vice President and Sales Manager for Matrix Contrast Corporation, with leave during World War II to serve as a U.S. Navy Commander in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters.

In 1948, college friend Bunker, then General Manager of Speidel Newspaper, recruited Stout to the Colorado Springs, Colorado headquarters of the eight-newspaper group as Assistant General Manager. In 1957, Stout was named Publisher of the Nevada State Journal and Reno Evening Gazette and Vice President of Speidel. He became President of the transcontinental group in 1964 and continued to serve as a Director and Chairman of the Executive Committee until his retirement in 1976 when Speidel merged with Gannett Co., Inc. Under his leadership, Speidel had grown to 13 daily newspapers and become the most profitable publicly-traded newspaper company in the United States.

Stout's career accomplishments earned him many honors as well as listings in "Who's Who in America" and "Who's Who in World Commerce." Active in numberous civic and professional groups, he furthered his support of worthy organizations with the formation of the Charles H. Stout Foundation in 1983, serving as Chairman of the Board Ermeritus at the time of his death at the age of 89.