Douglas Lowry, who served as dean of the Eastman School of Music until stepping down last month, has died. He was 62.
The University of Rochester announced Mr. Lowry's death on Wednesday, noting that he died within "the last few hours."
"Doug was a remarkable university leader," said Joel Seligman, UR president. "He brought together the Eastman School community in ways that were deeply appreciated by its faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends."
Seligman noted that Mr. Lowry oversaw a period of expansion, including the renovation and expansion of the Eastman Theatre and hiring of new faculty.
"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," Seligman said. "Doug was a national presence in music education and an individual whose charm, wit and intelligence inspired generations of students and colleagues."
Mr. Lowry was also remembered as a successful composer and conductor, writing the music for the opening of the Eastman Theatre and the launch of the university's Meliora Challenge campaign.
Mr. Lowry became the sixth head of the Eastman School when he took over in 2007. Last month he announced his resignation from the position.
The university sent condolences to Mr. Lowry's family, including his wife Marcia and three children, Jennifer, Melanie and Timothy. Flags on the UR campus will be flown at half-mast in his honor.
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