NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ John R. Chamberlain, a syndicated columnist, book critic, educator and author whose journalism career spanned more than six decades, has died at age 91.

He died Sunday at Yale-New Haven Hospital, his family said.

Chamberlain had been associated with many of the nation's prominent newspapers and magazines, including The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, The New York Times, Barron's and Life magazine. The most recent of his eight books, ``The Turnabout Years,'' a collection of articles, was published in 1992.

For 25 years Chamberlain wrote a syndicated column that addressed political, economic and social issues.

``One suspects he was born reading a book,'' wrote Charles H. Hamilton in a 1992 review of ``The Turnabout Years.'' He brings to his reviews ``a singular contribution to the renaissance of the American voluntarist spirit.''

A 1925 graduate of Yale University, Chamberlain begain his career at the Times, where in 1932 he was named the newspaper's first daily book reviewer.

From 1936 to 1941, he was an editor at Fortune. He had a long association with Life, beginning in Washington, D.C. in 1941 and later as chief editorial writer.

He was an editorial page writer for The Wall Street Journal for 10 years, ending in 1960. He held various editing posts at the National Review; Harper's and Barron's and other publications.

Chamberlain taught at various times at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and was dean of the school of journalism at Troy State University in Alabama from 1972 to 1977.

He is survived by his wife, Ernestine Stodelle, two daughters, a son and three stepchildren.

The funeral will be held Thursday at the First Congregational Church in Cheshire, Conn.