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Worth Loomis, leader in local and international communities, died at the age of 94, at the Caleb Hitchcock Health Center of the Duncaster Retirement Community in Bloomfield, Connecticut on July 20, 2017. Born May 18, 1923 in New York City to Priscilla and Alfred F Loomis, he grew up in Manhattan and West Hills in Huntington, NY, attending Buckley School and Deerfield Academy. He graduated from Yale University (BS '45 W), his education being interrupted by his services in the Army Air force during WWII. In addition, he graduated from the NYU School of Business (MBA 1955). He married Louise Harding Earle in 1950. He had an illustrious career in business, starting with a stint with the International Development Company in Istanbul, Turkey. He moved to Cleveland in 1951, where he worked for the Clevite Corporation and subsequently the Medusa Cement Company. In 1970 he relocated to Hartford Connecticut to join the Dexter Corporation, where he was president from 1973 until his retirement in 1988. Not content to retire in leisure, Worth had a second career in education, working for 5 years as the President of the Hartford Graduate Center (now Rensselaer Hartford), and then from 1993 to 2008 teaching as a visiting professor of business ethics at the Hartford Seminary, where he also served as interim dean for two years. He was actively engaged in community events wherever he lived, with a special concern for the role of corporations in the civic lives of their communities. In Cleveland he was actively engaged in the civil rights movement where he was Vice Chair of the Cleveland subcommittee of the United States Commission on Civil Rights, 1966. In addition he served on the Cleveland Heights School Board for four years. In Hartford, he was considered a 'Bishop' of the city, helping found Leadership Greater Hartford, and serving on numerous community and corporate boards, including The Hartford Public Library, Trinity College, The Artists Collective, The World Affairs Council, Hartford Steam Boiler Company, and Colt Firearms, among others. As a scion of an ocean sailing family, Worth was in demand as a crew member, and sailed in many ocean races, including eight Bermuda Races, the Transatlantic, the Transpacific, The Fastnet and The Sydney Hobart races. He was a member of the Century Association, the Society of the Cincinnati, the Cruising Club of America, the Royal Ocean Racing Club and the Ausable Club. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Louise, five children (Lucy Loomis, from Denver Colorado, Ruth Loomis of Los Angeles, Alfred Loomis of New York City, Charles Loomis of Philadelphia and Charlotte Loomis of San Diego), and 9 grandchildren. Not captured in his list of accomplishments was his inspirational joie de vivre, and interest in arts and music. He was known for breaking out in song in church or on other occasions, performing in musicals in a local theater company (The West End Players), and enjoying painting watercolors of favorite vacation haunts. After thirty-seven years in Hartford, Worth and Louise moved to the Duncaster Retirement Community in Bloomfield in 2008. During the last three years of his life, Worth resided at the Caleb Hitchcock Health Center, receiving attentive and loving care, for which is family is most grateful. Visiting hours will be held from 4-7pm on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 120 Sigourney St., Hartford. A service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 120 Sigourney St., Hartford. In lieu of flowers, or other durable items, charitable donations can made in his name to Trinity Episcopal Church (Hartford) and the Hartford Seminary. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc., www.ahernfuneralhome.com.


Published in The Hartford Courant on July 25, 2017
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