LOCAL : Times' Art Seidenbaum Dies

From Times Staff and Wire Service Reports

Art Seidenbaum, columnist, editor, writer and observer of the Los Angeles cultural, literary and political scenes for nearly 30 years, has died, it was learned today.

The editor of The Times Opinion section and local Emmy award winner--for the TV program "City Watchers" formerly broadcast on KCET--was 60 and had been found to have cancer earlier this year. He died at his West Los Angeles home Tuesday afternoon.

He came to The Times as a columnist in 1962 after writing for Life and the Saturday Evening Post and over the years became editor of the Book Review section and lastly Opinion editor.

Seidenbaum was honored by universities, psychological associations and cultural groups. He also taught at several area colleges and universities.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia, and five children.

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