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BRENDAN GILL DIES; 61-YEAR WRITER FOR NEW YORKER

Brendan Gill, a leading advocate for preservation of New York City's historic architecture and a staff writer for the New Yorker for 61 years, died Saturday in New York Hospital. He was 83.

The cause of death was undetermined, said Susan Woldenburg, a close friend of Gill's.

Although Gill wrote extensively about architecture, especially in his "Skyline" columns for the New Yorker, his literary interests cut across the fields of poetry, fiction, social history and criticism.

He also wrote biographies of Cole Porter, Tallulah Bankhead, Charles Lindbergh and Frank Lloyd Wright, an acquaintance. In all, he wrote 15 books, including his 1975 best seller, "Here at the New Yorker."

Gill graduated from Yale College in 1936 and was hired at the New Yorker by famed Editor Harold Ross.

Throughout his life, he served on the boards of various organizations, including the Municipal Art Society, for which he conducted free architectural walking tours around New York City.

In 1988, the society created the annual Brendan Gill Prize, which is awarded to an architect, artist, writer or musician whose work celebrates urban life.

In the 1970s, he teamed up with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis to secure landmark status for Grand Central Terminal and other historic structures in the city.

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