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Lifein the fast lane


Charles Whittingham’s journey from Loyola to LIFE magazine


By AARON COOPER harles (Chuck) Whittingham (BS ’51)


built an illustrious career in publishing, eventually becoming the publisher of LIFE magazine, traveling the globe, and meet-


ing some of the most famous people in the world. But before all that, he grew up in Rogers Park and attended Jesuit schools, including St. Ignatius Grammar School and Loyola Academy, all within a few blocks of his home. Whittingham attended Loyola University Chicago on a


full athletics scholarship to run track under the guidance of former Olympic champion and coach Alex Wilson. Thanks to Wilson’s coaching, Whittingham set a school record in the 100-yard dash that still stands today. Whit- tingham majored in English and credits his interest in publishing to the guidance of Professor James Supple. After graduating from Loyola with honors in 1951,


Whittingham joined the Navy and served on the USS Salem, the flagship of the Sixth Fleet in the Mediter- ranean. He served for three years, moving through Greece, Turkey, France, Italy, and other countries, recalling the rare treat of dancing with Grace Kelly in Monaco. After returning home, Whittingham remembers standing on the corner of Sheridan and Kenmore in front of Mundelein College, watching General MacArthur come back from the war in his open motorcade. Whittingham’s magazine career launched in 1956,


when he went to work for Redbook. Three years later, he moved to Fortune magazine, where he stayed for the next 20 years. It was at Fortune—a publication at the pinnacle of its field—that Whittingham earned


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