Bowne House Mourns the Deaths of Two Advisory Committee
The Bowne House was saddened to hear of the recent deaths
of Dr. Jeanne Adair and of Dean F. Failey, both of whom
were long time members of the Museum Advisory Committee.
Dr. Jeanne Adair died on Sunday, July 25 after a long
illness. Dr. Adair served on the faculty of New York
University. Her background was in early childhood education
and elementary education. At NYU, she was Director of
the Data 2000 project at the Center for Urban Education
in New York City. She had taught second grade in New
York City and ESL in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Dr. Adair
provided technical assistance to educational projects
as well as staff development for parents, business leaders,
teachers, and volunteers involved with the schools. At
Bowne House, Dr. Adair advised on educational programming
for the museum.
Dr. Adair received her Ed.D. and her Ed.M. in Administration,
Planning and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate
School of Education and Educational Leadership from the
Bank Street College of Education.
Dr. Adair is survived by her mother, Dr. Thelma Adair,
and two sons.
Dean F. Failey, a nationally prominent expert on antiquities
for Christies Auction House and a frequent guest on Antiques
Roadshow, died on May 19. Mr. Failey was the author of
the seminal book on Long Island furniture, "Long
Island is my Nation: The Decorative Arts and Craftsmen
1640-1830". His book contained several examples
of Bowne House furnishings. Always generous with his
time, at Bowne House, Mr. Failey was a source of advice
and guidance on the museum's collections.
Mr. Failey was a recipient of the Antique Dealers Association
of America 2007 Merit Award. He was a graduate of Case
Western Reserve University in Cleveland and received
his master's degree from the University of Delaware's
Winterthur Program in American Material Culture. After
graduation, he joined the staff at the Bayou Bend Collection
at the Houston Museum of Fine Art. He later served at
the Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities
and the East Hampton (NY) Historical Society.
Mr. Failey is survived by his wife two children, and
The museum will miss the wise counsel of these good