Charles Price Loomis
October 26, 1905 - July 6, 1995
Charles P. Loomis was born October 26, 1905 in Broomfield, Colorado. He earned his B.S. degree in 1928 from the New Mexico School of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts, which is today known as New Mexico State University. He earned an M.S. in sociology and economics in 1929 from the North Carolina State University where his thesis focused on "The History of the North Carolina Farmers' Union." He earned a Ph.D. in sociology and economics from Harvard University in 1933; his disertation was entitled "Family Composition and Socio-Economic Activities of the White Farmers in Wake County, North Carolina."
Following receipt of his Ph.D. in 1933, Loomis spent the remainder of 1933 and 1934 as a Research Fellow with the Social Science Research Council, working at the Universities of Heidelberg and Koenigsberg in Germany.
In 1935 he joined the US Department of Agriculture where he worked until 1942 as an Agricultural Economist and Social Scientist in the Division of Farm Population and Rural Life. While on leave from the USDA in 1941 and 1942, Loomis was a visiting lecturer at Harvard University. In 1943 he returned to the USDA and was named Head of the Division Extension and Training in the Office of Foreign Agricultural Relations.
In 1944, Loomis left Washington, DC area and moved Michigan to become the head of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Michigan State University, a position he held until 1957. While at Michigan State, Loomis maintained his contacts with the USDA and continued to work with the USDA. In 1949-1950, he served as a senior social scientist for USDA in Costa Rica while on sabbatical from Michigan State University.
In 1957, Loomis became a Research Professor in the Department of Sociology at Michigan State University, a position he held until 1971. In 1971 he moved to Professor Emeritus status with Michigan, and moved to Houston to serve as a Professor of Sociology at M.D. Anderson from 1971 to 1979.
Charles P. Loomis was elected to serve as the 57th President of the American Sociological Association. His Presidential Address, "In Praise of Conflict and its Resolution", was delivered at the organization's annual meeting in San Francisco on August 30, 1967, and was later published in the American Sociological Review (ASR Dec 1967 Vol 32 No 6, pp 875-890).