Reginald del Valle Grady, an eighth-generation member of one of Ventura County's most prominent families who was once named an outstanding citizen of San Francisco by Time magazine, has died. He was 79.
Grady was a member of a Spanish family whose land grants included the fabled Rancho San Francisco, now the Newhall Ranch, and Rancho Camulos. Rancho Camulos, known for its enormous black walnut tree under whose generous branches hundreds of friends and family members picnicked, remained in the family through much of this century.
A longtime resident of San Francisco and Hillsborough, Grady traveled throughout the world with his parents. Considered an expert in trade and international affairs, he served as a director of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corp.
Grady's wide range of interests were also reflected in his directorship of the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, and in his service as a trustee of that city's Fine Arts Museum Foundation. He died Saturday at Mills-Peninsula Hospital in Northern California.