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Calvin Wayne Atwood

Calvin Wayne Atwood

April 12, 1924 - May 15, 2018     Age: 94

Friends and family sadly say good bye to a most extraordinary man, Calvin Wayne Atwood, who died May 15, 2018 at age 94. Born in Bellow Falls, Vermont in 1924, Cal served with the Marine Corps as a parachutist-machine gunner in WW ll and was wounded in combat on Iwo Jima. Returning from the war he completed high school and earned degrees from Lawrence University and Columbia University where he was a Baker Scholar. He taught and worked in school administration at Sidwell Friends, Washington, D.C. at Robert College in Istanbul, Turkey, at the Pembroke Hill School in Kansas City, Missouri, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at Emory University in Atlanta.

His passions included his wife, Carol Ann, his children, golf and his poetry.  His wife, Carol Ann, and Cal served as presidents of the board for Amelia Island Museum of History.

He combined his passion for golf with fundraising activities and helped create and promote two annual golf tournaments.

 Both the museum and the Marine Corps League’s Toys for Tots (named for him) tournaments are now major fundraising events for the two organizations.

Children include Wayne (deceased), Todd (Carol), Nathan (Helen), Laura Fox (Robert), Bill Horton. He is survived by his sister Faith Sagi, 16 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.

Cal authored two books of poetry, A Squadron of Roses and the Isle of You.  His poems have appeared in publications including Leatherneck Magazine, The New York Times, Paris Review, International Poetry Review, Southern Poetry Review and The Fernandina Beach News leader. He served as President of the North Carolina Poetry Society and the Georgia State Poetry Society.  He has been a poet-in-residence for the North Carolina Arts Council.

He was recognized by Hands On Jacksonville, an organization that recognizes outstanding volunteers the Jacksonville area with a Heart of Gold Award. His award, Service In Uniform, was for his many community volunteer activities.

 A fellowship at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School is named in his honor.

Cal participated in the Amelia Island Museum’s Veteran’s History Project, which is authorized by the United States Congress. His personal story of his war experiences landing on the beaches of Iwo Jima is available at the Amelia Island Museum of history.

If so desired, donations may be made in his memory to Amelia Island Museum of History, ameliamuseum.org, 233 S. 3rd Street, Fernandina Beach, FL, 32034

Services will be held at 3:00 pm on Saturday, June 9, 2018 in the Burgess Chapel of Oxley-Heard. A celebration will follow at BarZin, 4924 First Coast Hwy, Amelia Island, FL.


23 Condolences

  • Phyllis Davis Posted May 15, 2018 3:43 pm

    Cal was a one of a kind and will be greatly missed by all. My thoughts are with you. Much love headed your way.

  • Jerry Kawecki Posted May 16, 2018 7:05 am

    A great human being and patriot.

  • Gray Edenfield Posted May 16, 2018 12:17 pm

    Cal was a strikingly bright light in the world. He radiated wit, graciousness, and class in everything he did. He is a hero to me and I’ll always be grateful that I got to know him. He will truly be missed.

  • Charlayne Draman Posted May 17, 2018 12:23 pm

    Of the many great men in the world, Cal was the greatest among themI feel. This is a man that should have lived for ever, with us basking in his humanitarianism and grace. I knew him a short time and I loved this man! To Carol, he was the best, to us, he gave us his best.

  • Ben shave Posted May 17, 2018 11:29 pm

    We have lost a hero . I always looked forward to seeing Cal. He was so kind and interested in
    How my golf game was going. I will miss him. I know heaven will be a happier place with Cal there.

  • James Von Dane Posted May 18, 2018 7:03 am

    Cal was one of the finest men I’ve had the honor to know. A friend I will truly miss.

  • Florence Rives Posted May 18, 2018 11:00 am

    Carol Ann,
    Our heartfelt sympathy to you and the family. Thoughts and prayers to all of you. Flo and Tony Rives

  • Lois Laing Posted May 18, 2018 4:05 pm

    Carol Ann and extended family,

    My deepest sympathy on your loss. Cal was a great man, husband, friend, teacher, poet, philanthropist and I could go on and on. I like to think of him together with Brien telling war stories and jokes. My heart and prayers go out to you all, with special love to you, Carol Ann.

  • Byron Redding Posted May 18, 2018 4:41 pm

    Semper Fi my friend, ….father of my buddy,, Wayne.

  • Matt Posted May 19, 2018 9:58 pm

    I did not know Mr. Atwood but heard about his passing recently. After doing some reading on him all I can say is Fernandina was blessed to have such a man. From one warrior to another all I can say is ’till valhalla’ Marine.

  • Frank Reidinger Posted May 20, 2018 4:08 pm

    He’s the finest gentleman and friend I’ve ever known. Semper Fi great patriot.

  • Charles Litrico Posted May 20, 2018 6:55 pm

    I remember many enjoyable days on the golf course with Cal Atwood. He was warm and gracious, and he had a wonderful sense of humor. His fundraising efforts for the museum’s golf tournament set the bar high for the rest of us. My thoughts and prayers go out to Carol Ann and the rest of the family.

  • George Sheffield Posted May 23, 2018 1:13 pm

    A great man with whom I was blessed to know and serve with at the Amelia Island Museum. His way with people was truly genuine and remarkable. To all who met him he left a mark that will always be remembered and cherished. A wonderful example and mentor for us to follow. Rest well my friend and hero

  • Mikolean and Jim Longacre Posted May 23, 2018 5:14 pm

    Cal was a terrific example of giving back so as to make a community richer and better. He is and will certainly be missed. He and his wife Carol had so much energy in all their community projects and made the museum and our community a better place.

  • Gene Kendall Posted May 23, 2018 9:52 pm

    Rest In Peace, marine and shipmate extraordinaire. Hero!

  • Bruce Malcolm Posted May 24, 2018 9:03 am

    You’ve been a friend to me for years. You’ve taken me places I didn’t know I’d ever go. I shared a Marine Corp dinner with you one night along with a female general. A very rare privilege. We both gave Veterans Day speeches that raised the roof and we were proud to do so. And this is in addition to you being a real Iwo Jima hero. You were a tough monkey and I am honored to know you. Semper Fi

  • Sandra A Iovino Posted June 6, 2018 9:06 am

    I have known mr.Atwood for nearly 27 years. I can tell you there was no finer a person and i will always miss him. Atwoods just the best!!

  • Sheldon Clark Posted June 8, 2018 11:20 am

    Cal brought me to Kansas City and Pem-Day . A great friend and human . I love you Cal! Sheldon Clark

  • Milt Willford Posted June 9, 2018 2:38 pm

    Carol Ann and family,
    May you enjoy the Shalom only God can give. I loved Cal and will celebrate his life as long as I have breath.

  • Greg Greetis Posted July 3, 2018 9:47 pm

    Semper Fi , Marine. Godspeed on your last mission. It’s been an honor to know and learn from you. We will meet again
    Carol Ann, I cannot express how sad I am, but I am honored to have known Cal. May God be with you and bless you in your time of need. Please accept my deepest condolences and know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Bill Starling Posted August 4, 2018 7:55 am

    Carol Ann and Family, Cal Atwood changed my life when I worked for him as a work-study student at UNC in 1974-1975. His guidance led me to business school on the west coast where I have happily lived ever since. Meeting up with Cal (and meeting Carol Ann) in Chapel Hill in 2015 was so special. To thank this great man in person after many decades meant the world to me. There will never be another Cal Atwood.

  • Bill Chapman Posted August 21, 2018 9:26 am

    Cal interviewed me in Chapel Hill for a position at the Robert Louis Stevenson School in California in 1974. The school was starting a football team and a friend recommended me as the first head coach. The headmaster knew Cal and asked him to check me out. I was offered the job eventually but had already accepted a position at Woodberry Forest School. Two years later in 1976 I enrolled in the MBA program at Carolina. When we first met, Cal planted the business school seed. I later crossed paths in Amelia Island, Florida when I lived in Jacksonville. That first meeting changed my life like it did for so many others.

  • Barry Holloway – USMC – 69-75 – UNC – 73 – BSBA Posted August 21, 2018 1:35 pm

    Rest well Marine! Semper Fidelis!

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