Jack Loppnow '62
2020 Recipient for P.E. MacAllister Distinguished Alumnus Award for Service to Carroll
Jack Loppnow ꞌ62 has quietly and consistently served to make Carroll a better place, and always with a big smile. He regularly illustrates a commitment and passion for his alma mater, whether that means overseeing the Alumni Council as chair, serving on university committees, volunteering for Carroll’s Pioneers Serve, or hauling boxes as he greets new students during Move-In Day.
Loppnow graduated from Carroll in 1962, but not without first taking on the nickname “Smiley” for his welcoming smile and ability to share and spread joy. Those qualities have helped define his consistent and energetic engagement with his alma mater, where he has shown a sincere and deep love to support Carroll through multiple avenues.
He began his insurance career following his graduation from Carroll. With a bachelor’s degree in business administration supporting his skills, he moved on to work with a national stock insurance company, responsible for new agency appointments and generating new business for the company. Loppnow has built a nearly 60-year career in the insurance industry and currently serves as vice president of Robertson Ryan & Associates, where his focus is on commercial, institutional and construction businesses.
His support for Carroll began when he served as a class agent helping with fundraising and alumni outreach. He continued his service from 2005-2014 on the Alumni Council, serving as chair for three years at the end of his tenure and representative to the Board of Trustees. He was enthusiastically involved in his role as chair, volunteering and appearing at many alumni and campus events, including overseeing the presentation of alumni awards at the annual Celebrate Success event, as well as providing the Champagne Toast to graduating seniors.
Loppnow annually gives back his time for the Carroll’s National Service Project helping to organize and pack food at the Milwaukee branch of Feeding America. He also annually participates in the annual CU Volunteer Day, giving his time alongside his Carroll peers at organizations like the Milwaukee Rescue Mission, United Community Center, and St. Ann’s Center, among others. He has also been an event champion for alumni regional events, served his class of 1962 reunion committees, helped in the recruitment of peers to join the Old Main Society membership and continues to serve on the President’s Advisory Council.
Loppnow’s love for Carroll has no limits. As a former athlete, Loppnow has remained a devoted supporter of Pioneer Athletics. Always engaged and wanting the brightest future for Carroll, he has also served as an alumni liaison on the Diversity Committee, taking part in the conversations on increasing diversity of today’s student body. He also volunteers his time on Move-In Day to welcome and assist the new generations of Carroll Pioneers.
Loppnow’s student experience and continued relationship with Carroll has kept him connected and centered. Carroll not only remains important because of the enduring friendships made, but most importantly, he also met the love of his life, Diane (Polzin) Loppnow, who graduated from Carroll in 1964. Together, they continually and generously go above and beyond to engage alumni and friends to be involved as well as to support Carroll. They are members of the Old Main Society and John Adams Savage Society. They have two sons, Matthew and Nathan.