Marshall Field IV

Marshall Field IV
Marshall Field IV
Born June 15, 1916(1916-06-15)
Died September 18, 1965(1965-09-18) (aged 49)
United States
Cause of death heart failure
Resting place Graceland Cemetery
Chicago, Illinois
Nationality American
Alma mater Harvard University
University of Virginia School of Law
Spouse Joanne Bass (m. 1938–1947) «start: (1938)–end+1: (1948)»"Marriage: Joanne Bass to Marshall Field IV" Location: (linkback://
Katherine Fanning (m. 1950–1963) «start: (1950)–end+1: (1964)»"Marriage: Katherine Fanning to Marshall Field IV" Location: (linkback://
Julia Lynne Templeton (m. 1964–1965) «start: (1964)–end+1: (1966)»"Marriage: Julia Lynne Templeton to Marshall Field IV" Location: (linkback://
Children 6

Marshall Field IV (June 15, 1916 – September 18, 1965) was the owner of the Chicago Sun-Times from 1956 to 1965.



Early life and education

Marshall Field IV was born on June 15, 1916 to Evelyn and Marshall Field III.

He was educated at Harvard University and the University of Virginia School of Law.


Field was commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy in June 1942. He served as a gunnery officer aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise in a number of engagements in the Pacific and was wounded during the Battle of Santa Cruz. His conduct in the engagement won him the Silver Star, the Purple Heart, and the Presidential Unit Citation. He was discharged with the rank of Lt. Commander in 1944.

He learned the newspaper trade as a reporter for the Chicago Sun, owned by his father, from 1946 to 1948. He had a nervous breakdown and was briefly institutionalized following his father's death in 1956, then took up the reins as the owner of the Chicago Sun-Times and Field Enterprises. He also owned the Parade from 1956 to 1958 and purchased the Chicago Daily News in 1959.

Marriage and children

Field married Joanne Bass, daughter of former New Hampshire Governor Robert P. Bass, in 1938. The couple divorced in 1947 after having two children together[1], Marshall Field V (b. 1941) and Joanne Field Langdon.

His second marriage, to Katherine Woodruff (later Fanning), lasted from 1950 to 1963 and produced three children: Frederick "Ted" Field (b. 1953), Katherine Stephen, and Barbara Field.

His third marriage, to Julia Lynne Templeton in 1964, ended with his death. The couple had one child, Corinne Field (b. 1965).

Death and afterward

Marshall Field IV died on September 18, 1965. While it was rumored that he had died of an accidental overdose, the Cook County coroner's office ruled his death as result of natural causes.[2]

There are two professorships at the University of Chicago named after him, the Marshall Field IV Professor in Sociology and the Marshall Field IV Professor in Urban Education.


  1. ^ "[Untitled"]. TIME. 1947-07-14.,9171,779182,00.html. "Divorced. Marshall Field IV, 31, who is learning to be a journalist on his father's Chicago Sun; by Joanne Bass Field, 31, daughter of New Hampshire's onetime Governor Robert P. Bass; after nine years, two children; in Manchester, N.H." 
  2. ^ "Field's death natural, says jury's report". Chicago Tribune: p. D12. 1965-12-02. "An inquest by the Cook county coroner's office has shown that Marshall Field IV, who headed Field Enterprises, Inc., died as a result of natural causes..." 

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