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Grant Beglarian

Composer, former USC performing arts dean

Composer and Schoenberg champion Grant Beglarian, USC dean of performing arts 1969-1982, died July 5 of lung cancer in White Plains, N.Y. He was 74.

During his USC tenure, he oversaw music, cinema-television and drama, which were later divided into separate departments.

He was the driving force for the establishment of the Arnold Schoenberg Institute at USC to house the composer’s manuscripts and memorabilia; it was moved to Vienna in 1998.

Beglarian wrote band, choral and chamber music that was performed by major orchestras in New York, Philadelphia, Dallas and more.

He was born in the Soviet Union’s Tiflis, Georgia, raised in Iran and came to the U.S. in 1947, earning bachelor, master and doctoral degrees at the U. of Michigan. He also studied with Aaron Copland and became instrumental in restoring and administering the composer’s New York home after Copland died in 1990.

Among Beglarian’s many other stints were editing at Prentice-Hall 1961-69, being a field director/ project director for the Ford Foundation at the same time and serving as president of the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts from the mid-1990s to his death.

Survivors include wife Joyce, actor-screenwriter son Spencer and composer daughter Eve.

Donations can be sent to Copland House, PO Box 2177, Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567.

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