Published in Fort
Wayne Newspapers on January 15, 2012
James R. Loomis, 85,
passed away Friday, Jan. 13, 2012 at home. Born and raised in Lansing,
Mich., he worked for Magna-vox for 30 years, retiring as Chairman and
CEO in 1992. He joined Magna-vox in January 1962 as Controller of the
Magnavox Research Laboratory in Torrence, Calif. He assumed responsibility
for the development of the Magnavox electronic facsimile program.
In late 1964 he was assigned the responsibility for establishing the Magnavox
Furniture Group in North Carolina. In 1966 he was transferred to the Company's
headquarters in Fort Wayne and was appointed General Auditor.
Following an assignment with the Magnavox Radio-TV International Operations,
where he had responsibility for South American Operations, he became Director
of Purchasing for the company's Government and Industrial Products Group
In 1973, he was appointed Vice President of Magnavox Systems, Inc. Upon
formation of the Magnavox G & I Electronics (MAGIEC) in 1975, Mr.
Loomis was elected Senior Vice President, Administration, and was also
elected to the Board of Directors. He also chaired the Research and Development
Committee of the Company.
In 1977 he was elected Senior Vice President, Operations, and in 1980
Executive Vice President. In January 1981, he was elected President, Magnavox
Electronic Systems Company. He retired from the Company as Chairmen and
Chief Executive Officer in 1992.
Prior to joining Magnavox, he spent eleven years with the Department of
the Navy. He was intimately involved with various aspects of Department
of Defense procurement programs at both field and headquarters levels.
During this period, he also participated as a Navy representative for
the Hoover Commission review of Department of Defense facilities.
He is an alumnus of Michigan State College, and followed Spartan athletics
for many years. He played baseball in the minor leagues. He served with
the U.S. Navy in the Pacific during World War II and saw considerable
Jim was a golf enthusiast, and was a member of the foursome that won the
amateur division of the 1994 Bob Hope Desert Classic Golf Tournament in
He was a member of the Fort Wayne County Club, the Bermuda Dunes County
Club in Palm Desert and the Burning Tree Golf Club in Bethesda, Md. He
was a Past Chairman of the Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce and it's Executive
Committee; Past President and member of the Mad Anthony's Board of Directors
and the Board of Taxpayers Research Association; Past President of the
local Chapters of the Navy League and Institute of Internal Auditors;
He served on the 5-man Governor's Task Force that reviewed the Marble
Hill Nuclear Power Plant. He also received a "Sagamore of the Wabash".
He served on Indiana's Future Commission; Board of Directors for Harris-Kayot,
Inc.; and was a past member of the Board of the famed shipbuilder, Bath
Iron Works, Bath, Maine. He served on the Board of Directors for Photo
Control Corporation of Minneapolis, Minn.; was on the Advisory Board of
IU/PU in Fort Wayne; and served on the Fort Wayne Allen County Airport
He was a Member of the Board of Directors for the Indiana State Chamber
of Commerce, and he is included in the Who's Who of American Business
Surviving are his wife, Shirley A. Loomis of Fort Wayne; daughters, Suzanne
Studinski of Fort Wayne, and Deborah M. Graham of Riverton, Utah; sons,
J. Michael Loomis, Timothy J. Loomis, Jon R. Loomis all of Fort Wayne,
and Terry Loomis of Oldsmar, Fla.; stepson, James Leitch of Alpharetta,
Ga.; and step-daughters, Katy Leitch of Portland, Ore., Janie Franco of
West Linn, Ore., Nancy Burdeshaw of Potomac, Md., Margaret Weller of Atlanta,
Ga., and, Amy Boisseau of Churchton, Md. He is also survived by 24 grandchildren.
Jim was preceded in death by his first wife, Elaine, who died on Jan.
15, 1982; parents, Max B. and Marguerite Loomis; brother Frank M. Loomis;
and sister Rosemary Rea.
Mass of Christian Burial is 10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 at St. Patrick
Catholic Church, Arcola, with calling one hour prior. Father Jason Freiburger
officiating. Calling also from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday,
Jan. 18, 2012 at D.O. McComb & Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home,
8325 Covington Road, with the Rosary at 2 p.m. Burial in Covington Memorial
Gardens, Fort Wayne.
Memorials may be made to the Catholic Charities or Mad Anthony's Children's
Foundation (260) 426-6200.