Fay Hammond, retired fashion editor of The Times and a presence on the international fashion scene for more than two decades, died Wednesday at a Thousand Oaks hospital. She was 81 and had retired in 1969.
A native of California, Miss Hammond came to The Times in 1940, became a fashion writer and then became fashion editor in 1943.
She was among the few fashion writers traveling to European capitals for showings after World War II and had been honored by the French and Italian governments for contributions to their fashion industries. She appeared on local radio and TV stations as a fashion authority and was much in demand as a speaker by service clubs and charitable organizations.
Her survivors include a daughter, Sonya, a grandson and two brothers. There were no services.