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Roger Sherman Loomis

Birthplace: Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Death: October 11, 1966 (78)
Waterford, New London County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Rev. Henry Loomis and Jane Herring Loomis
Husband of Francis Dorothy Loomis 'Doro' (Bethurum); Laura Alandis Loomis and Gertrude Loomis
Brother of Louisa Ropes Loomis; Henry Meech Loomis; Clara Denison Loomis; Evarts Greene Loomis and Jean Herring Frame

Education: Williams College, BA
Education # 2: Harvard University, MA
Education # 3: Rhodes Scholar, Oxford University
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About Roger Sherman Loomis

Roger Sherman Loomis

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Roger Sherman Loomis Wikipedia Page

Roger Sherman Loomis (October 31, 1887 – October 11, 1966) was an American scholar and one of the foremost authorities on medieval and Arthurian literature.


Born to American parents in Yokohama, Japan, he was educated at The Hotchkiss School Lakeville, Connecticut. He earned a B.A. from Williams College in 1909, an M.A. from Harvard University in 1910, and was a Rhodes Scholar at New College, Oxford University in 1913. He held honorary degrees from Columbia, Williams, the University of Wales and the University of Rennes in France. During World War I, he edited an Army publication Atenshun 21. In 1930, Loomis attended the first International Arthurian Congress in Truro, Cornwall, where he and other scholars investigated Arthurian legends. Loomis was a member of the International Arthurian Society (president of American Branch, 1948 – 63), the Modern Language Association, the Mediaeval Academy of America (fellow; second vice-president, 1961 – 64), the Modern Humanities Research Association, and the American Humanist Association. He was an instructor at the University of Illinois at Urbana from 1913 to 1918. He left Illinois for Columbia University, where he taught from 1919 until 1958. He was a member of Columbia's English faculty and held an emeritus position from 1958 until his death in 1966. In 1955-6, he was an Eastman Professor at Oxford University.

Loomis was the author of 10 scholarly books as well as numerous journal articles. From his early years Loomis wrote on influence of Celtic mythology on the Arthurian legend, especially in the Holy Grail myth. His book A Mirror of Chaucer's World, published in 1965 by Princeton, is a pictorial presentation of drawings, sculpture, paintings, and other materials related to Geoffrey Chaucer and his age. His most notable book Arthurian Tradition and Chretien de Troyes, published by Columbia University in 1949 won the Haskins Medal of the Medieval Academy of America.

Roger Sherman Loomis was the son of Henry Loomis and Jane Herring Greene, the great nephew of William Maxwell Evarts and the great-great grandson of American founding father Roger Sherman. Loomis's first wife was Gertrude Schoepperle Loomis (1882-1921), a medieval scholar with whom Loomis shared an interest in Arthurian literature. They married in 1919 (Folklore 38.4 1927 405–407). Loomis subsequently married Laura Alandis Hibbard (1883-1960), with whom he collaborated in many of his research and writing efforts. He dedicated one of his final volumes to Gertrude Schoepperle Loomis and Laura Hibbard Loomis "in grateful and loving remembrance" (The Grail: From Celtic Myth to Christian Symbol published by the University of Wales 1963; and later by Princeton University, in 1991).

Roger Sherman Loomis Works

  • Residence: Waterford, Connecticut 06385, USA
  • Residence: Oklahoma, , Japan - 1935
  • Residence: New York City, Manhattan, Assembly District 13, New York, New York - 1940

Name: Roger Sherman Loomis
Gender: Male
Race: White
Marital Status: Married
Birth Date: about 1888
Residence: Waterford, New London, Connecticut
Death Date: 11 Oct 1966
Death Place: Waterford, New London, Connecticut
Age: 78 Years
Spouse: Doro
State File #: 21285

Connecticut Death Index, 1949-2012

Name: Roger Loomis
Respondent: Yes
Age: 53
Estimated Birth Year: about 1887
Gender: Male
Race: White
Birthplace: Japan
Marital Status: Married
Relation to Head of House: Head
Home in 1940: New York, New York, New York
Map of Home in 1940: New York, New York, New York
Street: 120 Street
House Number: 434
Farm: No
Inferred Residence in 1935: Oklahoma, Japan
Residence in 1935: Oklahoma, Japan
Resident on farm in 1935: No
Citizenship: Alien
Sheet Number: 1B
Number of Household in Order of Visitation: 38
Occupation: Teacher Of English
Industry: English
House Owned or Rented: Rented
Value of Home or Monthly Rental if Rented: 85
Attended School or College: No
Highest Grade Completed: College, 5th or subsequent year
Hours Worked Week Prior to Census: 40
Class of Worker: Wage or salary worker in private work
Weeks Worked in 1939: 52
Income: 5,000
Income Other Sources: Yes
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Household Members (Name)

Roger Loomis 53 Head
Laura Loomis 57 Wife

1940 United States Federal Census

Name: Roger Sherman Loomis
Gender: Male
Race: White
Marital Status: Married
Birth Date: 1888
Residence: Waterford, New London, Connecticut
Death Date: 11 Oct 1966
Death Place: Waterford, New London, Connecticut
Age: 78 Years
Spouse: Doro
State File # 21285

Collection Connecticut Death Index

Name: Roger Loomis
Social Security Number: 108-XX-XXXX
Birth Date: 31 Oct 1887
Issue year: 1951
Issue State: New York
Last Residence: 06385, Waterford, New London, Connecticut, USA
Death Date: Oct 1966

Collection Social Security Death Index

Boxes 3-5 consist of Loomis’s collected papers relating to the academic scholarship of other Loomis family members, including photographs and articles by her husband Roger Sherman Loomis and "his previous two wives, Laura Hibbard Loomis and Gertrude Schoepperle".

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October 31, 1887
Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
October 11, 1966
Age 78
Waterford, New London County, Connecticut, United States