January 6, 1944 - March 16, 2018
Ashland resident Eric Scott Calvert passed away Friday, March 16, 2018 at OHSU Hospital in Portland, Oregon after a valiant struggle with acute myeloid leukemia. He was 74.
Born January 6, 1944 in New London, Connecticut to Robert and Janet Calvert, Scott attended one-room schoolhouses for seven years and had what he always described as an "idyllic childhood" at 60-acre Beech Spring Farm in Franklin, Conn. He attended Mount Hermon School (now Northfield Mount Hermon School) in Gill, Massachusetts, where his core values were forged and he was exposed to what became a lifelong passion - choral singing - and starred commencement weekend as Ko-Ko in Gilbert and Sullivan's Mikado. He has served as his 1962 class correspondent since 1984 and received the Alumni Citation in 1986.
Scott attended Yale University on an ROTC scholarship, where he "studied some" as a history major and sang with the Yale Glee Club and the Bachelors. Following graduation in 1966 he embarked on a 21-year Navy career as a surface warfare officer. He met his wife Karin ("Kori") Hedman in 1972 in a ski class at Killington, Vermont, and they married May 12, 1973, at the Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge, New Hampshire. Naval assignments took them to Newport, Rhode Island; Jacksonville, Florida; Charleston, South Carolina; San Diego, California; and Guam.
Completing his Navy career in Washington, D.C., Scott became a residential real estate broker with Long & Foster and formed DogHouse Productions, a desktop publishing enterprise geared toward the realtor community. He and Kori undertook a long-term labor of love project restoring and adding on to a vernacular 1890s Victorian home in derelict condition. While in the D.C. area, Scott rediscovered the joys of singing with the 50-voice choir at Foundry United Methodist Church where he was active in lay leadership and initiated the process that led to a policy permitting gay marriage at Foundry. Scott also sang with the Washington Chorus and the Yale Alumni Chorus, becoming a founding board member of the YAC Chorus Foundation. YAC combined two passions, singing and travel, and gave Scott extraordinary experiences on major stages on five continents with world-class musicians. With YAC, he conceived and served as a principal producer of the Power of Song Tour to South Africa in 2007. It involved some 200 Yale singers and their families, performing for and with thousands of South Africans. And, beyond the singing, the tour raised substantial financial support for worthy local charities from U.S. companies doing business in South Africa.
Scott and Kori retired to Ashland in 2012 and quickly embraced their new community. Scott sang with Rogue Valley Chorale and the Siskiyou Singers, serving on the Board of Directors and Development Committee of the latter; volunteered with the Chamber of Commerce at the Ashland Plaza Information Booth and with the Ashland Independent Film Festival; served on the Ashland Newcomers Coordinating Committee and conceived the idea for the Newcomers popular monthly Socials; and was active in Rotary, serving as Club Photographer. Through a family member's genealogical research, he recently learned of his link to three members of the Mayflower (John Alden, William Brewster, and Richard Warren) and was bemused and delighted to join the Mayflower Society.
Scott had many passions and interests. He was a news junkie and voracious reader who loved both an intelligent political debate and Tuesday-night trivia at Louie's. He loved travel and new discoveries. He especially loved Africa and its people, traveling there seven times, including a 56-day adventure truck trip from Cape Town to Nairobi and on to Uganda for gorilla trekking. He loved food, wine, old rum, cooking, and entertaining. He loved nature and landscape photography and in retirement enjoyed photography workshops in Oregon, the Palouse, and Croatia/Slovenia, adding the best of his photos to his website (www.scottcalvert.com). He loved Ashland and the new community of friends he and Kori established here, often sitting on their deck looking across the valley to the Cascades and musing, "How did we get so lucky?"
Scott was a vibrant, caring, generous man and a model for how to live life full of song, spirit, love, and laughter. A friend said, "We will remember Scott as the 'bon vivant extraordinaire' who left the party too soon." Scott is survived by his wife of 44 years, Kori; brothers, Peter Calvert (Veronica) and Bill Calvert (Nancy); and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
To honor Scott, please consider donations to the Siskiyou Music Project (https://siskiyoumusicproject.com), the Siskiyou Singers (https://siskiyousingers.org), or Northfield Mount Hermon School (https://www.nmhschool.org).
A celebration of life will be held Friday, April 6, 2018 at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Ashland, 175 N. Main Street.