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Lorne has a B.S.P. (Pharmacy) and B.A. (International Relations) from UBC.  A member of three Canadian Championship UBC rowing crews, Lorne won an Olympic gold medal in Melbourne in 1956, was captain of the gold medal Commonwealth crew in Cardiff, Wales in 1958, and a member of the silver medal Olympic crew in Rome in 1960.

He married his wife Elisabeth in 1963 in Copenhagen.  They celebrated 41 years of happily married life this August.  Lorne and Elisabeth started the University rowing crew before raising their two daughters, Lise-Lotte and Anne-Lise in Victoria.  Lisa-Lotte Loomer-Scott (computer science) lives in Vancouver and has two daughters, Chloe age 7 and Ilse age 5.  Anne-Lise married Darren (architect) in August 2004 and works for the University of Victoria in Geneva, Switzerland. Lorne has cruised with his family to Alaska, the Hawaiian Islands, Mexico, the Caribbean, Venezuela, the Panama Canal, and motored during summer holidays throughout Western Canada to southern California.

Lorne has been a pharmacist manager at McGill & Orme Prescriptions since 1967.  Interested in painting since a child and having worked at the Vancouver home of B.C. Binning as a student, Lorne has been painting seriously since 1985.  Through the Federation of Canadian Artists he has studied at workshops and summer seminars with leading watercolourists of international acclaim.  For nine years he studied at Pearson College of the Pacific at the Summer School of Arts and now teaches watercolour painting there in the summer and is a member of the Board of Directors.  Lorne has had 16 one-man shows and his paintings hang in private collections in London, Copenhagen, other European cities, Canada, the United States, Australia and Brazil.

He is also a member of the BC Sports Hall of Fame (Vancouver), the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame (Toronto), Olympic Club Canada, the UBC and Univ. of Victoria Sports Halls of  Fame.


Only wonderful memories of school (grades 1-13) and the old Nelson High School with all the associated activities; the Civic Centre – the ball park, movie theatre and basketball courts.  Too many happy, happy days with my family and friends over 14 years in Nelson.


Lorne is seated third from the front

1956 UBC Four Oared Rowing Crew


University of Victoria Legacy Award citation, 2003:

Lorne Loomer Rowing
Lorne Loomer graduated from Nelson High School in 1954 after a distinguished school rowing career. He attended the University of British Columbia and was selected to compete in the 1956 Canadian Olympic trials. Loomer, along with his three team-mates, astounded the rowing world when they went on to claim Olympic gold in the 1956 Melbourne Games. In the following four years, Loomer would add a gold medal at the 1958 Commonwealth Games and silver at the 1960 Rome Olympics to his list of accomplishments. It was with this remarkable experience that Loomer built the UVic rowing program—a program that today reflects his determination, competitiveness and his success.


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