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Museum chief named to Order of the British Empire

Jun 16 2012
Royal B.C. Museum CEO Jack Lohman: honoured in homeland. 

Royal B.C. Museum CEO Jack Lohman: honoured in homeland.

Photograph by: Handout , timescolonist.com (June 2012)

The Royal B.C. Museum's new chief executive officer has been given a special honour in his homeland.

English-born Jack Lohman, who took over the Victoria job from Pauline Rafferty in March, has been named to the Order of the British Empire. He is part of the Queen's birthday honours list and one of a number of people named as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, or CBE.

The Order of the British Empire recognizes valuable service in one's field of endeavour. There are currently about 100,000 people recognized by the Order around the world.

Lohman's service as the former director of the Museum of London is cited. He was not immediately available for comment.

Among those joining Lohman on the list was actor Kate Winslet, who starred in the hit 1997 film Titanic.

At the Museum of London, where he became director in 2002, Lohman oversaw a collection of more than two million objects. He also led a $32-million redevelopment at the institution.

Prior to that, Lohman was CEO of the Iziko Museums of Cape Town, a South African organization made up of 15 museums.

In accepting the job at the Royal B.C. Museum, Lohman said it was regarded as one of Canada's "great cultural treasures."

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