Thomas Lawton Resigns

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Secretary Robert McC. Adams announces that Thomas Lawton, Director of the Freer Gallery of Art and the Sackler Gallery, has resigned. As of that date, Lawton began a one-year sabbatical. As of October 11, he assumed the position of senior researcher. Milo Beach takes over as Acting Director and is later appointed director.


  • Beach, Milo Cleveland
  • Lawton, Thomas 1931-
  • Adams, Robert McCormick 1926-2018
  • Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (Smithsonian Institution)
  • Freer Gallery of Art


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 5, "The Torch," November 1987, p. 1.

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October 1, 1987


  • Art museums
  • Resignations
  • Art museum directors
  • Research

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