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William Farnsworth Loomis, M.D.

Male 1914 - 1973  (59 years)


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  • Name William Farnsworth Loomis, M.D. 
    Suffix M.D. 
    Born 11 Aug 1914  Tuxedo Park, Livingston, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Education Harvard 1932  [2
    Died 21 Nov 1973  Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1

    • William Farnsworth Loomis Obituary

      William Farnsworth Loomis, cancer researcher and biochemist, died at his home in Dedham, Massachusetts, November 21, 1973. Born in Tuxedo Park, New York, August 11, 1914, he was the second of three sons of Alfred Lee and Ellen Farnsworth Loomis to attend St. Paul's. He was a serious student, a member of the Scientific Association, treasurer of the Chess Club and secretary-treasurer of the Radio Club, and a councilor at the School Camp in Danbury. After graduating cum laude in 1932, he began to prepare himself at Harvard for the career on which his mind was set. In 1936, he interrupted his senior year to take part in the Anglo-American expedition which made the first ascent of 25,645-foot Nanda Devi, on the border of Tibet and China, the higest peak ever climbed up to that time. Upon returning, he received his degree from Harvard with honors, and completed the course at Harvard Medical School, again with honors, in 1941. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, which plunged the United States into World War II, took him back to China, where he served behind the Japanese lines as a major in the O.S.S. After the war, he worked for a time at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and for several years was assistant director of the Natural Sciences Division of the Rockefeller Foundation. In the early 1950's, he founded his own research laboratory, the Loomis Institute for Scientific Research, in Greenwich, Connecticut, and during the following decade established a solid reputation in the field of cancer research. He became professor of biochemistry at Brandeis University in 1964, holding the post until a year or two ago. In the months before his death, he had embarked on the study of psychiatry, preparing for what might have become a second career. He was a realist and humanist and a grateful lover of nature everywhere. Surviving are his father; his third wife, Frances W. Loomis; three sons; five daughters; two brothers, Alfred L. Loomis, Jr., '31, and Henry Loomis, '37; and several grandchildren.
    Notes 
    • 3 children with Violet, 6 with Betty. [1]
    Person ID I16382033  7_families
    Last Modified 20 Feb 2013 

    Father Alfred Lee Loomis,   b. 4 Nov 1887, New York City, New York, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Aug 1975  (Age 87 years) 
    Mother Ellen Holman Farnsworth,   b. 16 Jul 1889,   d. 1976  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 22 Jun 1912  Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Divorced 1945 
    Family ID F5328555  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Violet Amory,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 28 Jun 1937  [2
    Divorced 1943 
    Children 
     1. Living
    +2. Living
    +3. Living
    Last Modified 3 Oct 2005 
    Family ID F5330036  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Betty Blackmond Barton,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 26 Nov 1945 
    Divorced 1965 
    Children 
     1. Living
     2. Living
     3. Rhonda Maureen Loomis
     4. Deanna Marie Loomis
     5. Cynthia Lynn Loomis
     6. Jefferson Loomis
    Last Modified 3 Oct 2005 
    Family ID F5330037  Group Sheet

    Family 3 C. Frances Whitman,   d. 21 Jul 2013 
    Last Modified 3 Oct 2005 
    Family ID F5330038  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 11 Aug 1914 - Tuxedo Park, Livingston, New York Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S371943] Burgess Genealogy - Hiam, Katharine W. Hiam, (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1997), Lee Drew library., 394 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S371943] Burgess Genealogy - Hiam, Katharine W. Hiam, (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1997), Lee Drew library., 397 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S371943] Burgess Genealogy - Hiam, Katharine W. Hiam, (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1997), Lee Drew library., 387 (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S371943] Burgess Genealogy - Hiam, Katharine W. Hiam, (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1997), Lee Drew library., 391 (Reliability: 3).