Roger and Barbara Calvert

Couple Creates Track Scholarship with Retirement Funds

For native Washingtonian Roger L. Calvert (McIntire ’72), the University of Virginia was the only place for him, due to the relationships he had established through his brother, Gordon (College ’69). “My brother had a close-knit group of friends, including track team captain Jim Creekman, who was aware of my successes in track and encouraged me to consider U.Va.,” Roger Calvert said.

An All-Metropolitan track team member, Mr. Calvert had received scholarship offers from several top universities. He was excited, however, to receive an invitation from U.Va. track coach Lou Onesty to join the team and a welcome letter from his future teammates. “Even before I arrived in Charlottesville, it was clear to me that I was going to be warmly received by the track team at Virginia,” he said.

Mr. Calvert’s track team experience was so significant that he and his wife, Barbara, have established a deferred charitable gift annuity that will eventually fund the Roger L. and Barbara C. Calvert Endowed Track and Field Scholarship. “Barbara and I want to provide qualified student-athletes with the opportunity to enjoy the competitive benefits and the camaraderie of being a track team member while experiencing all the University has to offer,” he said.

Following his graduation from the McIntire School of Commerce, Mr. Calvert attended business school at the College of William & Mary, receiving his MBA degree in 1974. He joined what is now Ferris, Baker Watts Inc., as a municipal financial advisor and has remained with the firm for thirty-five years, moving up in the ranks to become the company’s president and CEO.

Mr. Calvert attributes his professional success to his espousal of U.Va.’s Honor System. “In my line of work, your level of success is a function of whether you’re trusted or not. I left U.Va. with a belief in the value of honor and integrity.” Additionally, he credits Larry Pettit, McIntire School professor emeritus, with teaching him the importance of combining creativity with diligence and discipline to develop innovative financial solutions.

The Calverts’ dream for the future of the University? “That it always provide a diverse range of students with the opportunity to develop their values, aptitudes and skills in a challenging and stimulating environment,” he said.