Full name, Wilson McNeil Lowry; born February 17, 1913, in Columbus, KS; diedof cancer, June 6, 1993, in New York. Foundation official. After serving invarious capacities in the print-media industry, Lowry was appointed directorof the Ford Foundation in 1953. He held the position until 1964, when he earned the title of vice president. During the same year, he was named vice president of the foundation's humanities and arts program, which offered funds toinstitutions that supported creative pursuits. Lowry was instrumental in helping the Ford Foundation to become the single largest nongovernmental organization to fund the arts. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Lowry also held theposition of board president of the San Francisco Ballet. In 1963, he was awarded an Antoinette Perry ("Tony") Award for his support of the American theatre.