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George Richard Kalan

venture capitalist

George Richard Kalan, American venture capitalist. Recipient Massachusetts Institute of Technology Certified Commendation for contribution to design and development of Apollo lunar module autopilot, 1969, Apollo Achievement award, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1969, Presidential Medal Freedom for participation in Apollo 13 mission rescue operation, 1970.


Kalan, George Richard was born on December 13, 1944 in Cleveland. Son of Edward George and Betty Virginia (Triska) Kalan.


Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Case Institute of Technology, 1966. Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1968. Master of Business Administration, Harvard University, 1978.


Project manager, engineer, Charles Stark Draper Laboratory (formerly Massachusetts Institute of Technology Instrumentation Laboratory), Cambridge, 1968-1976;management consultant, Booz, Allen & Hamilton, Inc., Sao Paulo, Brazil and New York City, 1978-1981;president, Kalan Sutton McGraw, Inc., Short Hills, New Jersey, 1981-1985;president, managing general partner, Orien Ventures, Inc./Orien Partners, L.P./Orien Ventures Partners L.P., Westport, Connecticut, since 1985. Board directors Servicesoft Corporation, Needham, Massachusetts, Physical Optics Corporation, Torrance, California, Vital Sciences, Inc., Brookline, Massachusetts.


  • Other Interests

    Offshore sailing, skiing, white water kayaking, adventure travel.


Married Cheryl Ann Fine, August 27, 1976. Children: Gavin Richard, Jonathan Edward.

Edward George Kalan

Betty Virginia (Triska) Kalan

Cheryl Ann Fine

Gavin Richard Kalan

Jonathan Edward Kalan