Candace A. Van Alen

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Van ALEN-Candace A., 89. Died Tuesday, February 19, at her home ``Penny Pond'' in Old Brookville, New York, of cancer. Born March 28, 1912, in Louisville, Kentucky, she graduated from Rosemary Hall in Greenwich, Connecticut and Vassar College, and also did graduate work at Radcliffe, Columbia, and the Sorbonne. She worked as a public relations executive in New York City, and in 1945 as a Paris correspondent for International News Service. She also was a columnist for the New York Daily News, and an editorial writer for the New York Herald Tribune. During World War II, she filed dispatches from the battlefield, for the International Herald Tribune. From 1957 to 1963, Mrs. Van Alen was a contributing editor to Vogue Magazine. She married the late James H. Van Alen in 1948. She was devoted to numerous charitable causes, and for years also chaired the International Debutante Cotillion and directed the April in Paris Ball in New York. Last year, she endowed the James H. and Candace Van Alen Gallery at the Redwood Library in Newport. She is survived by a brother, Wallace B. Alig of Scotland, a stepson, James L. Van Alen of Millbrook, New York, a step-grandson, James G. Van Alen of Sullivan's Island, South Carolina, a step granddaughter, Elizabeth Manigault of Charleston, South Carolina, and two step great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held in Newport, Rhode Island in July.
Published in The New York Times on Mar. 2, 2002