He was 59. He was the son of Joseph R Knowland Sr. publisher of the Tribune and the brother of former United States Senator William F Knowland editor and also Assistant Publisher of the Tribune. Russ Know land’s 1961 death made his brother Bill sole successor to their father.
Born in Alameda in November 17, 1901 Mr. Knowland attended Alameda public schools. He was a graduate from the University of California where he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. He was a past director of the Oakland Chamber of Commerce. HE was survived by his wife Norma and three children Penelope, Patricia, and Joseph R Knowland the III.