Lawrence Van Gelder

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Lawrence Van Gelder
Born (1933-02-17)February 17, 1933
New York City, New York, United States
Died March 11, 2016(2016-03-11) (aged 83)
New York City, New York, United States
Occupation Editor, reporter, instructor in journalism
Notable credit(s) The New York Times, New York Journal-American, New York Daily Mirror
Relatives Richard Van Gelder (brother)
Gordon Van Gelder (nephew)
Leslie Van Gelder (niece)
Russell Van Gelder (nephew)

Lawrence Van Gelder (February 17, 1933 – March 11, 2016) was an American journalist and instructor in journalism who has worked at several different New York City-based newspapers in his long career. Until 2010 he was senior editor of the Arts and Leisure weekly section of The New York Times as well as a film critic.[1] Among the newspapers for which Van Gelder has worked are the New York Daily Mirror, the New York Journal-American and the World-Journal-Tribune.


Richard Van Gelder was his brother and Gordon Van Gelder, the editor and publisher of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, is a nephew. He began working at the Times in May 1967.[citation needed]


Lawrence Van Gelder died of leiomyosarcoma on March 11, 2016, aged 83.[2]


  1. ^ Van Gelder, Lawrence (October 26, 1996). "Thinner (1996) Eat and Be Thin. What's the Catch?". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ Lawrence Van Gelder, Critic and Editor at The Times, Dies at 83,; accessed March 13, 2016.

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