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NEA mourns loss of new chairman. (News).

On January 29, the National Endowment for the Arts lost its new leader. Just a week after being sworn in as chairman, 69-year-old Michael P. Hammond, a noted conductor, composer, scholar, and arts advocate, died. A funeral mass was held on February 4 in Bedford Village, New York. The family requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston, where Hammond served as dean before assuming the NEA leadership.

The NEA's senior deputy chairman, Eileen B. Mason, will serve as acting chair of the agency until a new presidential appointee takes over. Mason is a talented violinist with twenty-two years of public-service experience with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. She has also served on the board of the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County in Maryland, and on the Maryland State Arts Council.
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Title Annotation:National Endowment for the Arts
Author:Weeks, Janet
Publication:Dance Magazine
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 1, 2002
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