NEW YORK (AP) _ Richard A. Armstrong, former executive editor of Fortune magazine, died Aug. 15 at his Manhattan home of respiratory failure. He was 62.

Armstrong joined the magazine in 1969 as a writer, and soon was made an editor. He served as executive editor from 1977 until his retirement in 1989.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Lucy Kidd, of Oxford, England.

--- Thomas Stewart Brush

LAKEVILLE, Conn. (AP) - Thomas Stewart Brush, a former executive with the Brush-Moore newspaper chain, died Thursday at his home of a heart attack. He was 70.

Brush was the grandson of one of three founders of the Canton, Ohio-based chain. Its newspapers circulated in Ohio, California, Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

As vice president of the company in 1967, he played a major role in the sale of its 12 dailies and four weeklies to Thomson Newspapers, a Canadian chain.

He is survived by his wife, Katherine; a daughter, Lucy Jay of New York City; and a granddaughter.