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August 2015

Bowne House Mourns the Deaths of Two Advisory Committee Members

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 four grandchildren.

The museum will miss the wise counsel of these good friends.