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Best-Selling Author, Cranford Resident Lawrence D. Chilnick Dies

Chilnick most recently lived in Cranford, according to his daughter.


Lawrence D. Chilnick, author, editor and publisher died on December 18, 2013, after a long illness.

Over a 30 year career devoted to making medical information understandable for consumers, Chilnick authored, edited and published more than 30 books, including the multimillion bestseller The Pill Book, a consumer’s guide to prescription drugs which revolutionized the way drug information is presented to the general public.

In addition to his distinguished career in publishing, Mr. Chilnick taught introductory and advanced publishing courses, most notably at The New York University School of Continuing and Professional Education where he taught The Capstone/Thesis Course for Master in Publishing candidates. He loved mentoring budding writers, and several of his students have gone on to publishing careers of their own.

Mr. Chilnick was born in Savannah but grew up in Marblehead MA. He took great pride in being from New England and especially from Marblehead, which he considered one of the most beautiful places in the country, and where he hoped to eventually return. He is survived by his daughter, Susanna B. Chilnick, of Salem, MA; his son, Jeremy H. Chilnick, of New York, NY; and his sister, Judy Chilnick, of Los Angeles, California.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma, 395 W. Lindsey St., Suite 3000, Norman, OK  73019.

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