Former University of Oklahoma Regent Dies

Sunday, June 18th 2006, 12:23 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Horace Kellogg ``Tony'' Calvert, the first non-Russian soldier to enter Adolf Hitler's bunker after Germany's surrender in World War II, has died. He was 90.

Calvert worked for the Office of the G-2 Chief of Staff Intelligence during the war and was the first security and intelligence officer attached to the Manhattan Engineer District, the project to develop the atomic bomb.

With the Manhattan Project, Calvert tracked the Nazis' atomic aspirations while recruiting scientists and technicians from Europe.

He received the Legion of Merit from the French government and the Order of the British Empire from the British government.

After the war, Calvert founded a petroleum company, an oil exploration and drilling company and an investment company. He served two terms as president of the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents.

``Tony rarely talked about his World War II exploits,'' said Whitt Lee, Calvert's son-in-law. ``Like so many of his generation, he went, did his job and came back to help build his country _ here in Oklahoma.''

Born in Nowata in 1915, Calvert helped pay his way through college by working in the oil fields and waiting tables on the side.

``Because he was so dark from the oil field, he looked Italian when he would wait tables, so his friends called him 'Tony the Italian waiter,''' Lee said. ``The shortened name, 'Tony,' stuck for the rest of his life.''

Calvert graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1939 with a doctor of jurisprudence. He received an honorary doctorate of humane letters at the university's commencement this May.

He also helped organize the Committee of 100, a group that helps the families of police and firefighters who have died.

Services are planned Friday at All Souls Episcopal Church in Oklahoma City.