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Art expert S. Lane Faison Jr. dies

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., Nov 17, 2006 (UPI via COMTEX) -- S. Lane Faison Jr., an influential professor of art known for his unwavering passion for his field, has died at his home in Williamstown, Mass., at age 98.

The Los Angeles Times said that no cause was given for Faison's Nov. 11 death.

During his long career, Faison created a legacy at Williams College by inspiring generations of his students, some of whom went on to become curators and directors at some of the country's top museums. The Times reported that Faison was admired by many of his students for helping them see the complexities of art and making the subject challenging. Faison sometimes would turn a slide of a piece upside down to give students an idea of composition.

The Times reported that Faison was an expert on art confiscated by Nazis during World War II.

Faison graduated from Williams College in 1929 and taught at Yale for several years before joining the Williams faculty in 1936.

He is survived by four sons and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


Copyright 2006 by United Press International

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