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.