YORK HARBOR, ME., Aug 23 Mrs. Helen Churchill Candee, author and lecturer, of this place and Washington, D.C., died here today after a brief illness. She was 90 years old.
Mrs. Candee, an authority on tapestries and Asia, wrote several books on each subject, including "The Tapestry Book," "Decorative Styles and Periods" and "Angkor, The Magnificent."
For "Angkor, The Magnificent," Mrs. Candee was decorated by the French Government and by the king of Cambodia, now Indo-China. In 1928 she wrote "New Journeys in Old Asia." She also wrote one novel, "The Oklahoma Romance."
Mrs. Candee was a survivor of the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. She stood in a crowded lifeboat and later took her turn rowing for five hours until rescued by the S.S. Carpathia.
Born in New York on Oct. 5, 1858, Mrs. Candee was educated in private schools in New Haven and Norwalk, Conn.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Harold Chauncey Mathews of York Harbor and of New York, four grandchildren and three great-grandsons.