Columbus Monthly Co-Founder Dies

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Columbus Parent
Lenore Brown in 2014

Lenore Brown, the co-founder of Columbus Monthly, died Oct. 2 at age 74.

Lennie, as she was known to those close to her, and her husband, Max, started Columbus Monthly in 1975 with the idea of providing a new, energetic, smart and savvy kind of journalism in the city.

Columbus Monthly later became CM Media, which published Columbus CEO, The Other Paper, Cincinnati Magazine, a chain of weekly newspapers (Suburban News Publications) and other magazines. While Max served as publisher, she was the editorial leader for 32 years, largely focusing her efforts as editor of Columbus Monthly and its affiliated titles. The Browns sold the assets of CM Media in 2007.

"Lennie had a large impact on more people than she would ever realize as she collaborated with so many writers and colleagues through her steady, thoughtful, kind leadership," said Ray Paprocki, publisher and general manager of Dispatch Magazines, which includes Columbus Monthly and Columbus CEO.  "I know that her quiet, subtle yet determined manner had a major impact on my career. She was my editor for 20 years and it was an honor to succeed her as editor of Columbus Monthly in 2005. We are deeply saddened by this loss and understand the monumental role she played in building the foundation upon which the Dispatch Magazines team works today."

Lennie, who was born in Bellevue and graduated from Kent State University, and Max were married for 52 years. She also is survived by their daughter, Michelle, their son-in-law, Dan Hostetler, and their grandson, Owen Hostetler.