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After a tenacious struggle with lung cancer, Caryl Actis-Grande passed away at her home in Westport, Connecticut on Saturday November 28, 2015. She was 77 years old. As the co-founder and CEO of Actis-Grande & Associates, she was a longtime fixture in the fashion industry operating buying offices in Paris, London, New York, Milan and Florence. She played an integral role in launching the careers of designers including Azzedine Alaia, Jean Paul Gaultier and Patrick Kelly. Born Caryl Sherman in New York, New York on March 22, 1938, she graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1960 and later received her Master of Arts in Liberal Arts from St. John's College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Ms. Actis-Grande began her career in the training program at Bloomingdale's and then became the fashion director for women's accessories at B. Altman and Company. In 1976, she and her husband Richard Actis-Grande, a former Look magazine editor, opened their own Paris- based firm Actis-Grande Associates - a buying office whose list of clients would grow to include Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Holt Renfrew, Lane Crawford and Harvey Nichols. Outside of work, Ms. Actis- Grande was a world traveller, a voracious reader, an avid museumgoer, and an active member of the Santa Fe Opera Guild. She and her husband kept homes in New Mexico, London, Paris, New York, and The Bahamas. She enjoyed pursuits both sporting and intellectual - equally at home trekking through the high peaks of Nepal or attending an author reading at the Hay-on-Wye festival in Wales. She had just moved to Westport, Connecticut this fall when her cancer became terminal. Upon receiving the diagnosis, her response was an echo of Edith Piaf, "I regret nothing. No tears. It has been a full and wonderful life." Ms Actis-Grande is survived by her husband of 56 years, Richard, and her two devoted nephews--Mr. Richard A. Sherman of Summit, New Jersey and Mr. John S. Brodie of Manhattan. She was a beloved "Granny" to Kyle and Amy Sherman as well as Nicholas and Alexandra Brodie. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. John's College, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Published in The New York Times on Dec. 6, 2015