Dorothy Bethurum Loomis of Franklin, Tennessee was a Vanderbilt Alumna, Bachelor of Arts 1919 and Master of Arts 1922. She went on to obtain her doctorate from Yale University in 1930 and also studied at Oxford as a Fulbright Fellow. While at Vanderbilt, Loomis was a Founder’s Medalist, editor of the Commodore, president of the Scribblers, vice-president of the YWCA, on the Hustler staff, permanent class secretary, a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, and Phi Beta Kappa student president. After finishing her education, she taught at Randolph Macon Women’s College and at Lawrence College. In 1937 Loomis was a Guggenheim Fellow in England. By 1940, she accepted a position as Professor of English and head of the department at Connecticut College for Women. In 1946 she served as chairman of the English Institute. Through her professional life Loomis maintained her ties with Vanderbilt University, at times serving as a visiting professor. She was also a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, 1953-57. Through her research and dedicated scholarship, Loomis was an authority on the medieval and Anglo-Saxon period.