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Warren Loomis, 67; started three companies

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Globe Correspondent / November 8, 2007

Friends of Warren Tuttle Loomis nicknamed him "Zog," after the caveman cartoon featured on the back of Wheaties cereal boxes in the 1940s and 1950s.

"The nickname definitely fit," said his daughter, Molly of Santa Cruz, Calif. "He was adventurous and zesty just like the character."

Mr. Loomis, who founded the software company Logic Associates, died Nov. 2 in his home in Norwich, Vt., from complications of esophageal cancer. He was 67.

Mr. Loomis was born in Needham to Aaron Alcorn and Natalie (High) Loomis. He graduated from Needham High School and Dartmouth. An avid hockey player through high school and college, Mr. Loomis stayed at Dartmouth to obtain his master's at the Thayer School of Engineering. He received his doctorate in metallurgy from the University of Michigan in 1968.

Mr. Loomis married Sally (Vanstone) of Sharon in 1963. They later divorced.

After college, Mr. Loomis moved to West Lebanon, N.H., where he began working for Timeshare Corp. He worked there for about a year, programming data, before moving to Norwich.

In 1970, he founded Logic Associates.

"My father drove the company in terms of technology and where it should go in the future," said his son Aaron of Burlington, Vt. "He was a technological leader and looked at all the trends, which made his company worldwide." Mr. Loomis retired in 2001.

Mr. Loomis married Alix (Manny) of Norwich in 2001. He advocated for the American Civil Liberties Union and, following his retirement, founded ForwardFace!, which produces wooden-hulled, forward-facing row boats. On warm mornings, he could be found rowing on the Connecticut River, his family said.

In addition to his wife, daughter, and son, Mr. Loomis leaves another son, Jason of South Strafford, Vt.; stepsons John and Sam Colburn of Norwich; his mother, Natalie of Marshfield; and three sisters, Barbara Chisholm of Londonderry, N.H., Betsey Whitney of Norfolk, and Natalie Jones of Newbury, N.H.

A memorial service will be held today at 11 a.m. in the Dartmouth Boat House in Hanover, N.H.

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