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Valpo Remembers

Alfred R. Looman ’42

Fall/Winter 2017

Alfred R. Looman ’42, age 100, of Lenexa, Kansas, formerly of Valparaiso, Indiana, passed away Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016. He was born Dec. 21, 1915, in Beards town, Illinois, the son of Henry and Johanna (Stegemann) Looman, and graduated from Beards town High School and Valparaiso University. Alfred was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and served on a number of committees and at the Immanuel Food Pantry. He and his wife, Jane, were members of the choir for 45 years.

As a 1942 Valparaiso University graduate, Alfred held a variety of administrative positions at the University for more than 34 years. He retired as dean of admissions and financial aid. He was a past president of the Midwest College Placement Association and vice president of the National College Placement Council and chairman of its editorial committee. He was also co-editor of the first book on college unions, and for 13 years contributed a column to the Valparaiso University publication, The Cresset. He was also a past president of Vale Day School and a past secretary of Lutherland Inc. A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and Korea, Alfred retired from the U.S. Naval Reserves with the rank of captain.

On Aug. 12, 1949, in Lakewood, Ohio, he married Jane Mae Halter ’84H, and they remained happily married until her death in June 2015. Survivors include their sons: David ’73 (Courtnay) Looman of Washington, Pennsylvania and Robert ’77 (Joni) Looman of Lenexa, Kansas; daughter-in-law: Donna Craven ’74 of Glencoe, Illinois; grand children: Alison, Mark, Zack, Beth, and Molly; and three great-grandchildren: Kelly, Carolyn Jane, and Clare. He was also preceded in death by his parents, brother Carl, and sisters Ruth and Norma; and by daughter Beth in 1967 and son
James ’74 in 2009.