Hugh Calkins

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Hugh Calkins
Born (1924-02-20)February 20, 1924
Newton, Massachusetts
Died August 4, 2014(2014-08-04) (aged 90)
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Nationality U.S.
Alma mater Harvard College, Harvard Law School
Occupation Lawyer, Educator
Known for Legal and education reform
Spouse(s) Ann Clark Calkins

Hugh Calkins (February 20, 1924 – August 4, 2014) was an American lawyer and educator, who served as a member of the Harvard Corporation from 1968 to 1985.[1]

Early life[edit]

Calkins was born in Newton, Massachusetts in 1924, and went to Phillips Exeter Academy before attending Harvard University. As an undergraduate, he served briefly as president of the Harvard Crimson in 1942. He graduated magna cum laude in mechanical engineering, and joined the United States Air Force, serving until 1946.


After the war, Calkins returned to Harvard to attend law school, was president of the Law Review, and graduated with enough honors in 1949 to win a job as a law clerk to Learned Hand, then the chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He spent the following year clerking for Justice Felix Frankfurter on the Supreme Court of the United States.[1]


In 1951, Calkins moved to Cleveland, where he made a name for himself and worked for the law firm Jones Day. Calkins was active in regard to national legal issues, most notably serving as deputy director of President Eisenhower’s Commission on National Goals.[1] He was elected to the Harvard Corporation in 1968, on the basis of work he had done setting long-term goals for the government.[2] His efforts landed him on the master list of Nixon political opponents.[3]

Calkins stepped down from the Harvard Corporation in 1985, and was succeeded by Henry Rosovsky.


After retiring from his legal career, Calkins began a second career in public education. He earned a teaching certificate at John Carroll University, spent several years teaching in inner-city Cleveland schools, founded a charter school and ran an organization called Initiatives in Urban Education.[4] He also founded Plan for Action by Citizens for Education (PACE) and served on the Cleveland Board of Education from 1965 to 1969.[1]


Calkins died on August 4, 2014, at the age of 90.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d Stephanie T. Kacoyanis (August 13, 2014). "Hugh Calkins, former Overseer, Corporation member". Harvard Gazette. Retrieved 2014-08-18. 
  2. ^ Fallows, James. "Who Is This Man Hugh Calkins?", Harvard Crimson, 1 May 1969.
  3. ^ Rothschild III, Walter. "Hugh Calkins?", Harvard Crimson, 29 April 1974.
  4. ^ Fallows, James. "Hugh Calkins", The Atlantic, 17 August 2014.
  5. ^ "Hugh Calkins", Cleveland Plain Dealer, 8 August 2014.