Austin Kiplinger, 97, the longtime chairman and editor-in-chief of a financial publishing company that bore his name, died Friday at a hospice in Rockville, Md. He was treated briefly there after receiving hospice care at home, said his son, Knight Kiplinger. The cause of death was brain cancer, his son said.

A prominent figure in Washington journalism and civic life, Mr. Kiplinger led the publishing company founded by his father for nearly 35 years. Before taking over Kiplinger Washington Editors Inc., he worked as a newspaper, radio, and television reporter. The company publishes newsletters and magazines on personal finance and business.

The company was founded in 1920 by his father, W.M. Kiplinger. Austin Kiplinger took it over upon his father's death in 1967. Even after circumstances forced him to become a businessman, he remained a journalist at heart, his son said.

- AP