Lawrence Van Gelder

American journalist

Lawrence Van Gelder (February 17, 1933 – March 11, 2016) was an American journalist and instructor. He has worked at several different New York City-based newspapers in his long career. He was born in New York City.

Lawrence Van Gelder
Born(1933-02-17)February 17, 1933
DiedMarch 11, 2016(2016-03-11) (aged 83)
New York, New York, U.S.
OccupationEditor, reporter, instructor in journalism
Notable credit(s)
The New York Times, New York Journal-American, New York Daily Mirror
RelativesRichard Van Gelder (brother)
Gordon Van Gelder (nephew)
Leslie Van Gelder (niece)
Russell Van Gelder (nephew)

Until 2010, he was senior editor of the Arts and Leisure weekly section of The New York Times as well as a movie 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.

Gelder died of leiomyosarcoma (soft muscle cancer) 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.