Brendan Gill, 83, Writer, Preservationist
Brendan Gill, a writer for The New Yorker for more than 60 years, and a mainstay of the city's cultural scene and preservationist movement, died on Sat., Dec. 27, at New York Hospital.
Gill's pen covered an extensive range of subject matter through his career, including theatre and film, poetry, fiction, and biography. His 15 books included biographies of Cole Porter, Tallulah Bankhead, Charles Lindbergh, and Frank Lloyd Wright; a collection of profiles titled "A New York Life;" and his best-selling 1975 inside look at life at his legendary magazine, "Here at The New Yorker."
As an avid preservationist, Gill was best known for leading the successful campaign to preserve Grand Central Terminal.
Born in 1914 at Hartford, Conn., Gill experienced the first three of his major accomplishments 22 years later in 1936: He graduated from Yale College, joined The New Yorker, and married Anne Barnard, who survives him along with their five daughters, two sons, a brother and two grandchildren. No information was available regarding services