- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 7, 2004

Jerome Lathrop Loomis, a lawyer specializing in labor relations, died Sept. 6 of cardiac arrest at his home in Alexandria. He was 91.

Born in Evansville, Wis., he graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater. He received a master’s degree in history from Northwestern University in 1942 and a law degree from George Washington University in 1950.

Mr. Loomis lived in the Washington area from 1945 until his death.

In the 1930s, he taught high school in Rock County, Wis., where he also was a basketball coach and the county coroner.

From the 1950s until his retirement in 1992, he was a private-practice lawyer specializing in labor relations, wills and estates. As a member of the Virginia and District of Columbia bars, he was a labor consultant and general counsel for the Tile Contractors Association of America from 1959 to 1992. From 1964 to 1992, he was a labor consultant and general counsel for the National Association of Decorative Architectural Finishes.

He was the publisher of the Bucktrout Report, a newsletter that followed trends and expressed opinions on labor relations in the ceramic-tile and marble-flooring industries.

After the deaths of many of his former high school students at Pearl Harbor, Mr. Loomis volunteered for military service in World War II and served in the Army in the China-Burma-India Theater, achieving the rank of lieutenant colonel. He also served during the Korean War.

He was president of the George Washington Chapter of the Society of the Sons of the American Revolution and of the Virginia Society of the National Huguenot Society.

In 1984, he was presented by the Tile Contractor’s Association of America with the Carl V. Cesery Memorial Award, the lifetime-achievement award specifically for his work as a labor lawyer advocating management rights on tile-flooring work sites.

In the late 1970s, Mr. Loomis was one of the founders of the Anglican Catholic Church of St. Margaret of Scotland in Alexandria. This parish later merged with another church to form the Anglican Catholic Church of St. Andrew and Margaret of Scotland. He left the parish in 1981 to join the Roman Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife, Wilhelmina Tortike Loomis, and a son, John Henry Loomis of Alexandria.

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