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military officer , Manufacturing company executive

James Francis Calvert, American manufacturing company executive, retired military officer. Decorated Distinguished Service Medal (2), Silver Star (2), Bronze Star (2), Legion of Merit (4), Navy Commendation ribbon, Department Defense Commendation medal; French Government Merite Maritime; recipient Presidential Unit citation.


Calvert, James Francis was born on September 8, 1920 in Cleveland. Son of Charles Spence and Grace (Gholson) Calvert.


Student, Oberlin College, 1939. Honorary Doctor of Science, Oberlin College, 1960. Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, United States Naval Academy, 1942.


Commnd. ensign United States Navy, 1942, advanced through grades to vice-admiral, 1970. Served on 9 war patrols in submarines PTO, World World War II. Commander diesel submarine United States Ship Trigger, 1952-1955.

Commander nuclear power submarine United States Ship Skate, 1957—1960, engaged in polar operations, 1958, 59. (1st submarine to break through ice and surface in Arctic Ocean), 1958. (1st ship to surface at North Pole), 1959.

Director politico-military policy Navy Department, 1965-1967. Commander Cruiser-Destroyer Flotilla Eight, 1967-1968. Superintendent United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, 1968-1972.

Commander United States First Fleet, 1972-1973. Retired, 1973; assistant to chairman board Texaco Incorporated, New York York City, 1973-1974. Vice president Combustion Engineering, Inc., Stamford, Connecticut, 1974-1975, vice president operations, 1975-1984, director, 1975-1984.

Chairman board Aqua-Chemical Inc., Milwaukee, 1989-1993. Corp member Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.



Member United States Naval Academy Alumni Association (Distinguished Graduate award, 2004), United States Naval Institute, University Club (New York City), New York Yacht Club, Chesapeake Bay Yacht Club (Easton, Maryland).


Married Nancy Ridgeway King, August 9, 1942 (deceased December 1965). Children: James, Margaret (deceased 1994), Charles. Married Margaretta Sergeant Harrison, April 8, 1968.

Charles Spence Calvert

Grace (Gholson) Calvert

Nancy Ridgeway King

Margaretta Sergeant Harrison

James Calvert

Margaret Calvert (deceased 1994)

Charles Calvert