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Click here to view The Record obituary article dated Friday August 26, 2016, which started on the front page, telling of the Jazz Legend and Hackensack High School graduate Rudy Van Gelder passing away at the age of 91. 

Click here to view the article which appeared in the New York Times also about Rudy Van Gelder’s passing. Rudy Van Gelder went into Optometry after high school and set up a business in Teaneck
in 1943. 

There was no article found that mentions he served in the military, which means he was either ineligible for various reasons, or his career path was more important here at home than his service. 

Written by:
Bob Meli
September 19, 2016

 

 

Background image of Rudy Van Gelder's studio obtained from:

https://www.allaboutjazz.com/rudy-van-gelder-rudy-van-gelder-by-c-andrew-hovan.php