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Aubrey Barnes Calvin
May 10, 1940 ~ January 22, 2019 (age 78) 78 Years Old
It is with heavy hearts that we share the news that Aubrey Barnes Calvin passed away on January 22, 2019 due to complications from Parkinson’s Disease. He will be remembered by his countless friends and loving family for his brilliant legal mind, lively wit, and dedication to his family and friends. His 35-year battle with Parkinson’s was a shining example of his tireless determination to live life to its fullest. He was a joyous spark in the lives of so many.
Born in Houston, Texas on May 10, 1940 to Mary Elizabeth Barnes Calvin and Elvis Aubrey Calvin, Aubrey was a lifelong Houstonian and 5th generation Texan. Aubrey graduated from Lamar High School in 1958 and went on to study at Washington and Lee University and then Rice University, where he earned his BA degree in history in 1962. He attended The University of Texas School of Law in Austin and received his LLB in 1965. Aubrey fulfilled three years of active military duty as a JAG officer in the United States Air Force at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota before returning to Houston in 1969 to practice law. During his 40 year career, Aubrey worked in various Houston firms before founding his own firm with partners.
Aubrey was active in civic and cultural affairs throughout his adult life. He was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, where he served as a Stephen Minister for many years. Aubrey was President and Chairman of Young Audiences, Inc. of Houston, President and Chairman of The Netherlands-Texas Cultural Exchange Program and was active with the Boy Scouts for a number of years. He made a lasting impact on the Houston Area Parkinson Society (HAPS) through his many years of dedication to that organization, including his service as President of the Board.
Aubrey had a deep love of nature. He loved camping, canoeing, gardening, hunting, fishing and boating. He was a member of Port Bay Hunting and Fishing Club in Rockport, Texas for two decades. He was an avid student of history throughout his life. Reading, cooking and traveling were among his many hobbies, and he always loved to share these passions with friends and family. He was an excellent amateur photographer.
More than anything, Aubrey loved to spend time with friends and family. He was the life of every party with his quick wit and infectious laugh. He was a generous friend, loving husband and wonderful father and grandfather whose loss will be deeply felt.
Aubrey is survived by his wife of 48 years, Alice Red Calvin, his daughter Claire Calvin and son-in-law Matthew Giegengack, his son Edward (Ted) Calvin and daughter-in-law Robyn Gray Calvin, his six grandchildren (Phineas, Gus, Ruby, Jack, Abbey and Oliver), sister Harriet Latimer and her husband Truett, nephew Frank Turner and wife Lanoi, and nephew Benjamin Turner and wife Sheila.
A memorial service will be held at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church on Monday, February 4th at half past ten o’clock in the morning. Friends are invited to a visitation at the Bradshaw-Carter Funeral Home (1734 West Alabama) on Sunday, February 3rd from half past one o’clock until half past three o’clock in the afternoon.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Houston Area Parkinson Society (2700 Southwest Freeway, Suite 296, Houston, TX 77098, www.hapsonline.org), St. Paul’s Church (5501 Main Street, Houston, TX 77004, www.stpaulshouston.org) or The Parkinson’s Disease Center and Movement Disorder Clinic (7200 Cambridge, Suite 9A, Houston TX 77030, www.jankovic.org).