Eastman School of Music Dean Emeritus Douglas Lowry dies

Updated: 10/02/2013 11:55 AM
Created: 10/02/2013 11:52 AM WHEC.com

Some sad news from the Eastman School of Music. Dean Emeritus Douglas Lowry has died. He was 62-years-old.

Lowry resigned last week for health reasons. He was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in September 2011. He was named dean back in 2007 and oversaw a building boom of sorts during his tenure with the renovation of Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre among other things. 

"Doug was a remarkable University leader.  He brought together the Eastman School community in ways that were deeply appreciated by its faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends," said University of Rochester President Joel Seligman.  "He was the leader during whose watch the School renovated and expanded Eastman Theatre.  Inspiring new faculty were hired. Doug was a national presence in music education and an individual whose charm, wit, and intelligence inspired generations of students and colleagues."

Lowry is survived by his wife, Marcia, daughters Melanie and Jennifer, and son, Timothy.  A memorial event will be announced soon. Memorial gifts may be directed to the Douglas Lowry Fund for Musical Excellence at the Eastman School of Music. 

Jamal Rossi has been named interim dean while a national search is underway for Lowry's replacement. 


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