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 Wilson McNeil Lowry  (1913 - 1993)

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Lived/Active: New York/Illinois/Ohio/Kansas      Known for: Art Education, administration, writing

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Lowry was born February 17, 1913.  Earned a BA in 1934 and a PhD in 1941 from the Univ. of Illinois where he taught English from 1936 to 1942.  During World War II, Lowry served on active duty as a lieutenant in the United States Naval Reserve and as a writer for the Office of War Information.  He then embarked on a journalistic career. He was editor of The Dayton (OH) Daily News in 1946 and 1947; chief of the Washington bureau of the Cox Newspapers from 1947 to 1952, and associate director of the International Press Institute in Zurich in 1952 and 1953.  Over the years he contributed to publications including The New York Times Book Review, The Reporter, The Progressive, Antioch Review and Educational Theater Journal, among others. 

Lowry joined the Ford Foundation in 1953, was director of the Humanities and Arts Division from 1957-64 then became Vice-President of the Ford Foundation in 1964. After retiring from the foundation in 1974, he was in demand as an arts consultant, and from 1988 to 1991 he was president of the board of the San Francisco Ballet.

Awards: given a special Tony Award in 1963 for his support of American theater; an ANTA Award, the Sigma Delta Chi Award, the Assoc. of American Dance Companies Award, the Capezio Award, the American Assoc. of Univ. Presses Award; the John F. Wharton Theater Award.
Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
Who’s Who in American Art. New York: American Federation of Arts, 1936-1970, 1976;, accessed Jan. 18, 2008; New York Times (June 7, 1993).
This and over 1,750 other biographies can be found in Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945) compiled by Susan V. Craig, Art & Architecture Librarian at University of Kansas.

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