Michael Hammond begins serving as dean of the Shepherd School of Music, a role he fills until 2002. Under his leadership, the school becomes one of the nation’s leading music schools. Hammond, whose interests include Southeast Asian, Western medieval and Renaissance music, is a gifted musician, composer and conductor, yet he began his career in medicine and was a faculty fellow in neuroscience. Six days before his death, Hammond begins work as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D. C.

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