Calvin, Teresa A. B. (Mrs. James)


Sept. 18, 1931 - May 4, 2010

Teresa A. B. Calvin was born and reared in Annapolis , Maryland . She studied at Howard University ( Washington , D.C. ) and was an exchange student to Yale University and Smith College ( Massachusetts ) between the late 1940's and early 1950's. She earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Religious Philosophy with a minor in Education from Virginia Union University (1952) and Masters of Education with a concentration in Social Studies from Bowie State University ( Maryland ). Hampton Institute ( Hampton , Virginia ) welcomed her in 1984 as a Ford Fellow in African History. She served as a member of K-12 grades Social Studies Education Assessment Team for the United States ' People-to-People Ambassador Programs to Vietnam and China in 1993.

Mrs. Calvin was a Golden Life Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a community service organization, with over 50 years continuous service beginning with her initiation at Virginia Union University, Richmond, Virginia in 1952. In Louisiana , she was a member of the Shreveport , Alexandria , and New Orleans Alumnae Chapters. Mrs. Calvin has been a member of the Annapolis ( Maryland ) Alumnae Chapter for 38 years consecutively.

As an educator nearly 50 years, she taught in the Louisiana and Maryland Public School systems. Her vision of equitable education helped integrate the New Orleans Public Schools and Louisiana State University in the 1950's and 60's.

She married Rev. Dr. James C. Calvin in 1952 following their youth missionary partnership in Louisiana . He would become a future District Superintendent for the Shreveport and Alexandria-Lake Charles Districts in Louisiana . He preceded Mrs. Calvin in death.

A lifelong Methodist, Mrs. Calvin returned home and sang on her home church choir with her operatic soprano voice, played piano at home, served on various ministries, founded the "History Room," was a certified Lay Speaker and Council Member, then crowned services as a Chair of Christian Personhood for the Baltimore-Washington Conference. She belonged to various organizations such as the National Education Association, National Council on Social Studies, the Maryland State Teachers Association, Kiwanis International, Inc., Herbert M. Frisby Historical Society, Inc., Maryland Commission on African American History, NAACP, Friends of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors, Annapolis Opera Guild, trained debutantes, and introduced her Anne Arundel County students to Washington's Diplomat corps.

Rev. Dr. Calvin and Mrs. Calvin are survived by four children, one grandchild, and two great-grandchildren.

Source: Louisiana Conference Journal, 2010

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