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Well-respected US journalist retires at 85

A Warren Buffett expert, Carol Loomis boasts a collection of work on Wall Street after 60 years at Fortune magazine

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IN January 1954, a bright-eyed 24-year-old from Cole Camp, Missouri, walked into Fortune magazine's offices at Rockefeller Center in New York. Armed with a college journalism degree and work experience writing for a Maytag company magazine, she took an entry-level job assisting Fortune's male writers.

The young woman, Carol Loomis, navigated the magazine's "Mad Men"-like culture, on one occasion slapping a married colleague whom, she delicately recalled, "had an agenda". She proved herself as a reporter but had to battle gender stereotypes. In 1970, she fought her way into an Economic Club of New York dinner after its director said he did not want "any frivolous little Smith girls looking...

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