Allen Phillip Calvert
Rear Admiral, United States Navy
ALLEN P. CALVERT, 64
COMMANDED PT BOATS IN PACIFIC
OAKLAND, California, November 14, 1965 – Rear Admiral Allen P. Calvert, U.S.N., retired, died at the Naval Hospital here today of a heart attack. He was 61 years old and lived in Berkeley.
During 1942 and 1943, Admiral Calvert commanded the Motor Torpedo Boat Flotilla at Tulagi in the South Pacific. President Kennedy served under Admiral Calvert at Calvertville, a village in the Solomon Islands, named for the Admiral.
Mr. Kennedy was then a Lieutenant, junior grade, and Admiral Calvert was a Commander.
Later in World War II, Admiral Calvert commanded the cruiser Oakland.
After the war, Admiral Calvert commanded the Pacific Reserve Fleet at San Francisco. He retired from the Navy in 1954 and entered teaching. He headed the departments of engineering at Oakland Junior College and Monterey Peninsula College.
At the time of his death he was an instructor and administrator at Merritt College here.
Admiral Calvert was born in Battle Creek, Michigan. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1924 and received advances degrees from the Naval Postgraduate School, the Naval War College and Columbia University.
He was awarded the Army’s Distinguished Service Medal with seven bronze stars for assistance on the staff of General Douglas MacArthur.
Admiral Calvert is survived by his widow, the former Katharine Summers; a son by a previous marriage, Allen, of Alexander, Virginia; a step daughter, Katharine L. Purdum of Santa Monica, and his mother, Mrs. Beach.
Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday.
Photo By Russell C. Jacobs, October 2009
CALVERT, ALLEN PHILLIP
Posted: 8 December 2007 Updated: 23 October 2009