Where Are They Now?

By Megan Waterman '13

Carol Junge Loomis

"Write as much as you can. If you want it, just keep working at it," says Carol Junge Loomis to a young writer with journalistic aspirations. She certainly has followed her own advice. After over 50 years working at Fortune Magazine, she continues to write compelling stories that inform a wide audience of the happenings in the business world.

Inspired by her novelist grandfather, Loomis knew from an early age that she wanted to write. She entered Drury College in 1947 and became involved in writing for the Drury Mirror, as well as participating in campus sports and Zeta Tau Alpha. Following her sophomore year, she transferred to the University of Missouri School of Journalism. After graduating in 1951, she started working at Maytag in Iowa, but she hoped to gain a writing job at a magazine such as Life or Time. Three years and many interviews later, Fortune hired her as a researcher. By 1958, she was promoted to assistant chief of research and assigned to supervise the assembling of the relatively new "Fortune 500" list. She finally broke into the world of writing in 1963, when her editor assigned her to an investment column — a big deal in a time when men wrote columns and women could only assist writers with research. The magazine elected her to the Board of Editors in 1968.

Loomis informed the public of the need for change in American business. Her 1973 article, "An Annual Report for the Federal Government," resulted in Treasury Secretary Bill Simon forming an advisory committee to compile a U.S. annual report on government assets and liabilities. "Behind the Profits Glow at Aetna," written in 1983, was the first of many articles that revealed how companies often reported earnings that they did not really possess. It resulted in the SEC forcing Aetna to report their actual profits.

Her hard work and dedication to her profession have led to an impressive collection of honors. In 1991, Drury presented Loomis with an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. She has received three lifetime achievement awards: the Gerald M. Loeb Award (1993), Women's Economic Round Table award for print journalism (2000), and the first Henry R. Luce award (2001).

As for her plans after Fortune, Loomis reports that the end of this story has not been written. "I may retire. Some people have asked if I plan on writing a book, but I don't think so." No matter what her future may hold, you can be sure that she will stay educated on the business world. "Staying up-to-date on business news is just as important as keeping up with any other news. I can't imagine one without the other."

Jeremy Smallwood

"I like fusing design, art and architecture — you feel more in charge. You can make stuff more attractive, more environmentally effective, and it's good," said Jeremy Smallwood '00 in the summer 2001 edition of Drury magazine. Ten years later, Smallwood has eliminated "good" and "stuff " from his professional vocabulary, but he still feels the same passion for the art field as he did upon graduation.

Smallwood's interest in design emerged as early as high school. After seeing an Absolut Vodka print advertisement that inspired his imagination and ignited a desire to design, he soon enrolled as a studio art major at Drury. Four years later, he found himself entering Portfolio Center (PC) in Atlanta, one of the most prestigious design schools in the country. He began working as a designer at LB Works in Chicago right after graduation.

Throughout school, Smallwood had always embraced design as his central interest, but upon entering the professional world, he began to warm toward the field of art direction: an area he had previously rejected studying. Advertising surrounded Smallwood while he designed logos and trademarks for LB Works. This exposure to a career path he was once so reluctant to explore piqued his curiosity about the hectic world of advertising. "

When Leo Burnett absorbed LB Works, Smallwood finally made the leap from designer to art director. Currently, he works as a creative director for mcgarrybowen in Chicago. Though his field of work has radically changed, Smallwood feels that, "creating is really the career path I have chosen in the end. Design and art direction really come down to that. They are wonderful disciplines that rely on the power of an idea and ultimately its proper execution."

Not only is Smallwood a talented artist in his own right, but his work has been acclaimed on the international stage as well. Among his many awards, he has won the coveted Grand Kelly Award for the Best Print Ad in North America. Still in his early thirties, he is one of the most awarded art directors in the world.

To anyone interested in entering the design industry, Smallwood advises, "Never underestimate where you can go, what you can do, who you can be. And always walk through that door that opens in front of you, it could lead somewhere really unexpected. And adventure always begins with the unexpected."

Megan Waterman is an English and writing major and student assistant in the Office of Alumni & Development.