Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Carlos A. Loop Jr. passed away on July 30, 2015 at Duke University Hospital.
Carl was born in Newport News, VA four days after Pearl Harbor. Carl graduated from Sewanee Military Academy (TN), and in 1963 earned an engineering degree from Virginia Military Institute. After completing a Masters Degree in civil engineering at Georgia Tech, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the US Army and completed Artillery School at Ft. Sill (OK). He served as a platoon leader at Camp Page Chunchon, South Korea then was ordered to Ft. Campbell (KY) in 1969 before serving as a company commander (27th Engineer Br.) in Xuan Loc, Vietnam. After his years of active duty, Carl joined the North Carolina National Guard (predominantly the 30th Engineer Br.) and attended the Command and General Staff College and the Naval War College. In the National Guard, he developed the Master Plans for Ft. Fisher, Camp Butner, Ft. A.P. Hill, and Ft. Pickett. Carl believed that it was an honor to serve our country.
Following active Army service, Carl worked at the Virginia Highway Department and became a Professional Engineer in Virginia and North Carolina. Carl served as Planning Director of Rocky Mount (NC), Director of Studies for the Cumberland County Joint Planning Board, and Regional Planning Director of the 11-county Piedmont Triad Council of Governments. Switching back to engineering, Carl worked as a Staff Maintenance Engineer at Camp Lejeune. Prior to retirement in 2005, Carl was an Industrial Engineer and an Environmental Engineer with Southern Division Naval Facilities Engineer Command in Charleston (SC) for 20 years. Following retirement, Carl resided in Greenville (NC) and Cary to be near family.
Carl is survived by his wife of 47 years Nancy Tilson Loop, daughter Caroline Loop, son-in-law Mike O’Driscoll, and grandchildren Claire and Seamus. Carl was grateful for the care provided by Duke University Hospital. As per Carl’s wishes, his body was donated to the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, and there will be no services.
“We carved not a line, and we raised not a stone, But we left him alone with his glory.” -Charles Wolfe