October 2, 2013

New England Conservatory joins the music world in mourning the death of Douglas Lowry, the Joan and Martin Messinger Dean Emeritus of the Eastman School of Music.  Dean Lowry, who died Wednesday after a two-year battle with multiple myeloma, had headed the Eastman School from 2007 until his resignation for health reasons several weeks ago. A successful composer and conductor, he was 62 years old.

“Doug was a remarkable University leader, said University of Rochester President Joel Seligman. “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 a national presence in music education and an individual whose charm, wit, and intelligence inspired generations of students and colleagues.”

NEC President Tony Woodcock is one of those who remember Lowry with much fondness. “Doug was a great friend and colleague, a fine composer and a brilliant educationalist,” he said. “He also had the sharpest sense of humour!  I will miss his keen intelligence and personal support. He was a great guy.”