Earl Alfred Loomis Jr.

05/18/2011 9:16 AM |

Dr. Earl Alfred Loomis

Noted child psychiatrist Dr. Earl Alfred Loomis died May 10 in Greenport at the age of 89, after a lifetime of service to children and a pioneering career in psychiatry.

During his long career, Dr. Loomis trained and worked with many notable figures in the fields of psychiatry, psychoanalysis and religion, including Erich H. Erickson, Jean Piaget, Margaret Mahler, Benjamin Spock, Margaret Mead and Paul Tillich.

He received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota in 1946 and, in the early 1950s, continued his career in research with Benjamin Spock in the child psychiatry and child development department at the University of Pittsburgh.

In 1956, Dr. Loomis broke new ground by developing a department at Union Theological Seminary that linked psychiatry and religion — fields that at the time were considered incompatible.

In 1960, he published the book “The Self in Pilgrimage,” which Reinhold Niebuhr described as dealing “in a new way with the religious dimension of selfhood.” He went on to publish many other scholarly works on children and psychiatry as well as substance abuse and chemical dependency.

Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Loomis is widely recognized for his service at the Blueberry Treatment Center in Brooklyn, where he worked with schizophrenic children and family psychotherapy. He also spent almost 20 years in Augusta, Ga., where he chaired the department of psychiatry at the Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine. He retired in 1979 and returned to his home in Greenport.

Dr. Loomis is survived by his wife of 40 years, Muriel (Merly) Peabody Loomis; his four daughters and foster daughter; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Visiting hours were held May 12 at Horton-Mathie Funeral Home in Greenport. A service took place May 13 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, followed by interment with military honors at Sterling Cemetery, both in Greenport.

Memorial donations may be made to Eastern Long Island Hospital, 201 Manor Place, Greenport, NY 11944.

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  • Mr. Walter, doesn’t even know what a lite bulb is.Jill, nice write up.Why do you lie for him. Mr. Testa sould get the credit,and you know that.

  • With all the spin out of Sean’s office, I’m surprised he didn’t invent the light bulb!!!!

  • With all the spin out of Sean’s office, I’m surprised he didn’t invent the light bulb!!!!

  • SORRY MR VILLELLA BUT MR TUCCIO AND I HAVE BEEN ASKING TO HAVE THE LIGHTS FIXED ON AND AROUND MAIN STREET STARTING WITH THE CARDINALE ADMINISTRATION.BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS DOE’S A GREAT JOB BUT THEY CAN ONLY DO WHAT THEY ARE TOLD TO DO BY THEIR BOSS AND HE CAN ONLY DO WHAT HE IS TOLD TO DO BY HIS BOSS,THE SUPERVISOR.THE BID ASKED THE SUPERVISOR IF HE COULD FIX THE LIGHTS LAST WEEK AND KEN TESTA AND HIS MEN WHERE RIGHT ON IT.WE ALSO ASKED THE SUPERVISOR IF HE COULD FIX THE SIDE WALKS THAT ARE BROKEN ON MAIN STREET.HE RESPONDED THAT HE WOULD DISCUSS THE SITUATION WITH GIO AND TRY TO RESOLVE IT.SINCE THE TOWN DOES NOT HAVE ANY MONEY THAT MAY BE HARD TO DO.I DO REMEMBER MR CARDINALE BEING GIVEN A GRANT OF 1.7 MILLION DOLLARS TO FIX THE SIDE WALKS WHICH HE GAVE BACK, I ALSO REMEMBER GIO ASKING PHIL AND THE TOWN BOARD TO GIVE HIM 3 EMPLOYEE’S AND HE WOULD HAVE THEM FIX EVERY SIDEWALK IN RIVERHEAD TOWN AND WOULD BE DONE IN THREE YEARS.PHIL’S RESPONCE WAS NO AND WE HAVE BEEN PAYING LAWSUITS FOR PEOPLE FALLING EVER SINCE. STOP TRYING TO MAKE THINGS POLITICAL VINNY.HOW ABOUT WORKING TOGETHER TO MAKE RIVERHEAD GREAT AGAIN.BY THE WAY DID’NT PHIL TRIP ON THE SIDE WALK ON MAIN STREET AND BREAK HIS ELBOW??

  • Calm down everyone–

    According to this week’s News Review, the lights are getting fixed, the graffiti is going away, there is a plan to finally fix some of the sidewalks, there are going to be cameras for security and there is a wealth of events coming to downtown. What is it about people in Riverhead that they always see the glass as half full? I say job well done.

    Sean is the Supervsior, he should get the credit. Lord knows he’d be attacked if all this didn’t get done.

  • Then I hope you feel like Sean should get the blame for all the things going wrong!!! And there is a lot………….

  • NO I DO NOT THINK SEAN OR THE TOWN BOARD SHOULD BE BLAMED. I PERSONALLY WENT TO THE TOWN BOARD ABOUT THE SIDE WALKS DURING THE CARDINALE ADMINISTRATION ( CHECK THE TAPE ) 5 OLDER RESIDENTS FELL AND SUED THE TOWN IN ONE WEEK.HIS RESPONCE WAS TO GIVE BACK THE GRANT WE GOT TO FIX THEM.ED TUCCIO AND MYSELF WENT TO HIM ABOUT FIXING PARKING LOT LIGHTS (TOOK HIM ALMOST A YEAR ). THE BID WAS RECONSTITUTED UNDER THE CURRENT SUPERVISOR AND TOWN BOARD AND THEY SUPPORT AND SUGGEST THE THINGS WE DO.