Albion Interactive History / People / Bernard Lomas

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Rev. Bernard Tagg Lomas
12th President, 1970-1983


Albion College President +

Accomplishments as President

Albion College Graduate
Class of 1946

Dr. Lomas knew Albion well from his pre-ministerial years as a student on its campus in the mid-1940’s to his position as vice chairman for academic and student affairs on the Board of Trustees in 1970. A native of Michigan as well, he was born on August 14, 1924 at Michigan’s “tip o’ the Mitt” in Mackinaw City. Prior to his graduation in 1946, he was an activeparticipant in the intramural sports program of the war years, an accomplished public speaker, and a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity.

From Albion he matriculated in the Graduate School of Theology at Oberlin College, where he received the Bachelor of Divinity in 1948. Within little over a decade he had risen to the position of senior minister of the Epworth-Euclid United Methodist Church in Cleveland, Ohio, where he headed a staff of five clergymen from 1960 to 1970. During those years Rev. Kinas was a prominent speaker for the International Platform Association, personnel consultant in business and industry, and president of the Wade Park Manor retirement home. In recognition of his services to church and society, Albion College conferred upon him the degree of Doctor of Divinity in 1965.

While a student at Oberlin College, Dr. Lomas married Barbara Jean West on June 21, 1947. They have two sons – David, a 1973 Albion College graduate now practicing law in Durham, North Carolina, and Paul, a business consultant in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Upon his arrival in Albion on August 31, 1970, the new president “began familiarizing himself with his duties in a vigorous manner.” On September 8 the Lomas family moved into the president’s home; then four days later they were welcomed at a public reception in the Visual Arts Center “for all members of the community who wanted to meet them and welcome the family to Albion.”

Assisted by Dr. Robina Quale and Richard Simonson, Trustee President Fred Neumann conducted teh investiture of President Bernard Lomas.

Governor William Milliken (right) was the featured speaker at the inaugural luncheon for President Bernard T. Lomas on February 6, 1971.

Source: Keith Fennimore. The Albion College Sesquicentennial History. Albion, Michigan: Albion College. 1985.