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Special Edition: Oct. 2, 2013

To: The University Community

From: Joel Seligman

RE: Death of a Great University Leader

A few hours ago Doug Lowry, the Joan and Martin Messinger Dean Emeritus of the Eastman School of Music, died.

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. He was the leader during whose watch the School renovated and expanded Eastman Theatre. Inspiring new faculty were hired. Doug was hard at work on a strategic plan that would have maintained the great quality that for decades has made Eastman the leading School of Music in our country while developing new programs for the 21st century. Doug was a national presence in music education and an individual whose charm, wit and intelligence inspired generations of students and colleagues.

Simultaneously, Doug remained a remarkably successful composer and conductor. He wrote the music that was played when we moved into the new Eastman Theatre and launched our Meliora Challenge campaign.

For many of us in the University, Doug’s graciousness and warmth made him a special friend. He was, as an associate memorably put it, “a polymath with a heart.” Our hearts go out to Doug’s beloved wife, Marcia, their three wonderful children, Jennifer, Melanie, and Timothy, Doug and Marcia’s families, and Doug’s many friends.

I have directed that the University flags be flown at half-staff on Friday in Doug’s honor. Memorial arrangements will be announced later.

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