Ormond Loomis first served as an Arts Administrator for the Florida Folklife Program alongside Peggy Bulger. From 1981 to 1995, he served as Bureau Chief of the Bureau of Florida Folklife Programs. He went on to teach folklore and english at Florida State University before retiring to North Carolina in 2008. While with Florida Folklife, Loomis worked on the West Florida Folklife Survey, Big Bend Folklife Survey, and Library Folklife Program. He also coordinated the research for and wrote Cultural Conservation: The Protection of Cultural Heritage in the United States (1983).