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Lawrence Ralph Van Gelder (February 17, 1933 – March 11, 2016) was an American journalist and instructor in journalism who 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 worked were the New York Daily Mirror, the New York Journal-American and the World-Journal-Tribune.

Lawrence Van Gelder
Born Lawrence Ralph Van Gelder
(1933-02-17)February 17, 1933
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died March 11, 2016(2016-03-11) (aged 83)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma mater Columbia University
Occupation Editor, reporter, instructor in journalism
Notable credit(s)
Relatives Richard Van Gelder (brother)
Gordon Van Gelder (nephew)
Leslie Van Gelder (niece)
Russell Van Gelder (nephew)



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.[2]


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


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