Daniel J. Terra, 85, who founded two museums devoted to...


July 02, 1996

Daniel J. Terra, 85, who founded two museums devoted to American art and served as the nation's first ambassador-at-large for cultural affairs, died Friday of a heart attack suffered two days before in Washington.

In 1980, he founded the Terra Museum of American Art in suburban Evanston, Ill., and later moved it to Chicago's North Michigan Avenue. In 1992, he opened the Musee Americain near Claude Monet's home in Giverny, France, and focused on American Impressionist artists.

Mr. Terra served as national finance chairman for Ronald Reagan in 1980, raising $21 million for his presidential campaign. After Mr. Reagan's victory, he was offered his choice of several ambassadorships and he invented a ceremonial one that allowed him to speak around the country about American art.

Peter Adair, 53, a documentary filmmaker who focused on gay and lesbian issues, died Thursday of an AIDS-related illness in San Francisco. He was best known for his 1977 documentary, "Word is Out," a portrait of 27 gay men and lesbians.

Oliver Howe Lowry, 85, an internationally known medical researcher and head of the Department of Pharmacology at Washington University for 28 years, died Saturday from Alzheimer's disease in St. Louis. A distinguished professor emeritus of molecular biology and pharmacology, Dr. Lowry was dean of the university's School of Medicine from 1955 to 1958. He was known for his work in measuring the amount of proteins in solutions.

Dmitry Pokrovsky, 52, a singer whose folk ensemble spread traditional Russian music beyond his country's borders, died of a heart attack Saturday in Moscow. His Pokrovsky Singers, who performed with traditional instruments in Russian village garb, were recognized internationally.

William T. Cahill, 84, a former governor of New Jersey who lured the New York Giants to New Jersey but couldn't persuade residents to accept a state income tax, died yesterday in his hometown of Haddonfield, N.J. He had been ill with a circulatory system illness for some time.

Pub Date: 7/02/96

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