John has served as chairman of three foundations: The Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States; the Langeloth Foundation and his personal foundation. He has also served or serves on a variety of other boards and foundations listed in the “Honors” section of this website.
Winston Churchill Foundation of the US
The Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States (WCF) sponsors young American scientists to study at Churchill College at Oxford University. From 1979 to 2003, John served as its president. He created the Winston Churchill Award that luminaries including President Ronald Reagan, Lady Margaret Thatcher, Ross Perot, and President George H. W. Bush accepted. Queen Elizabeth II made John a Commander of the British Empire (C.B.E.) in recognition of his efforts on behalf of the Foundation.
To view the video of Queen Elizabeth II presenting the Winston Churchill Award to President George H. W. Bush in the White House Rose Garden in 1991, please click or tap the video in this section.
From 1979 to 2003, John served as chairman of the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation, whose purpose is to provide housing and other social services to those in need. Like his father, John’s middle name honors Jacob Langeloth (1852-1914), John’s grandfather C.M. Loeb’s mentor at the American Metals Company.
John L. Loeb, Jr Foundation
Through his personal foundation, John has supported more than 650 non-profit organizations, especially in the areas of health, diplomacy, the visual arts, religious freedom, education, and publications.
Through his personal connection to Nick Springer and his family, John has been a strong supporter of the National Meningitis Association.
For many years, John has been the vice chair of the Council of American Ambassadors. He is also one of the first hundred supporters of the Diplomacy Center, a museum now under development attached to the State Department Building in Washington, DC that will tell the story of our Foreign Service.
Since the 1960s, John has been a member of the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art, helping promote the display of works by new American artists, and particularly at American embassies abroad. As the “Fine Art” section of this site indicates, John has long been this country’s strongest advocate for Danish art.
In 2004, Harvard Divinity School launched the Ambassador John L. Loeb, Jr. Initiative on Religious Freedom and Its Implications with funds originally contributed to the Harvard Business School by Loeb, Rhoades. The Initiative provided fellowships for students studying the intersection of religious freedom and cultural, social, political and economic outcomes. In 2013, the Initiative relocated to the university’s Center for American Political Studies. In 2017, it found what should be its permanent home: Harvard’s Committee on the Study of Religion.