Champalimaud, Carlisle Brigham 1983 - 2012 Carlisle Brigham Champalimaud died in a tragic accident on August 27, 2012 in New York City. She lived a rich and full life beyond her twenty-nine years, touching the hearts, minds and souls of all who were fortunate to cross her path and even those she did not have the opportunity to know. Intensely creative, Carlisle expressed her talents in her work as an exhibitions preparator. She was enamored with the natural world. Her work endures at some of our greatest institutions devoted to Natural History, including the American Museum of Natural History in New York and the Field Museum in Chicago. Most recently, Carlisle applied her talents at Ralph Lauren and Anthropologie in the area of visual merchandising. In all her endeavors she brought enthusiasm and a unique perspective that all who knew her recognized and appreciated. Blessed with a beautiful voice, Carlisle was as equally at ease with her guitar as she was at the keys of a piano. She performed in a variety of venues, including church services, holiday celebrations, school dances, rock concerts, and, more intimately, around campfires and family hearths. She was known to enchant all those whom she met, without exception. Carlisle has left in her wake a panoply of friends around the world. Fiercely loyal to those she loved, ever open to engaging with those she didn't yet know, she developed friendships with ease. Carlisle's natural kindness, grace and humility touched people far beyond her immediate family and friends in extraordinary ways. We shall forever remember her gentle and graceful demeanor, captivating spirit, luminous smile and intensely giving nature. Universally, we all saw in her the purest, most cherished elements of humanity. She radiated joy, love, life and compassion and we gravitated to her very strong light. Her families-Brigham, Champalimaud, Schnitzer, and Vose-remember her as the loving daughter, sister, wife and friend we knew her to be. We mourn our loss to the depth of our souls. Services: A memorial service in St. Louis will be held at the Church of St. Michael and St. George, 6345 Wydown at Ellenwood, Saturday, September 15, at 2:00 pm. Reception immediately following the service in the Great Hall of the Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Carlisle's name to Forsyth School, John Burroughs School, the Music Program at the Church of St. Michael and St. George, the Missouri Botanical Garden, the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, or BuildaNest.org. A memorial service in New York will be held at St. James Church, Madison Avenue at 71st Street, Thursday, September 20, at 3:00 pm.
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Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Sept. 7, 2012