Don Loomis was born in Miami, Fla., in 1946. He grew up at the Wentworth Club in Surrey, United Kingdom. He graduated from Fairfield Prep in 1964, where he was active on the cross-country team. He graduated from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in 1968, where he rowed lightweight crew. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1968 to 1974 aboard a destroyer escort based in Naples, Italy (where he met his wife). In 1971, he became sports editor of the English language daily paper The Rome Daily American. Upon returning to the States, he worked at Fisher International, located in Norwalk, Conn., in consulting and market research on the paper industry. He assisted in constructing the company’s worldwide database covering 3,560 mills on all five continents. Ron and his wife Daniela live in Darien and have one daughter (Navy JAG officer stationed in Washington, D.C.) and three grandchildren. He belongs to the Norwalk River Rowing Association and St. John’s Choir. For leisure, he enjoys rowing, skiing, travel and languages. Sponsored by Dieter Bruhn.