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Arthur Gelb, influential NY Times editor, dies

May 20, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — A veteran editor whose news sense, arts sensibility and journalistic vigor sculpted The New York Times for decades has died. Arthur Gelb was 90.

Gelb’s death Tuesday afternoon in New York was confirmed by Metropolitan Opera spokesman Peter Clark.

Gelb’s son Peter Gelb is the Opera’s general manager. He tells the Times his father died from complications of a stroke.

Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. says Arthur Gelb “brought great energy and insight” to the newspaper’s journalism.

Gelb joined the Times as a copy boy in 1944 and rose to become its managing editor. He also was an influential arts writer and helped create its now-familiar Sports Monday, Science Times and other daily sections. He retired in 1989.

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