, of French heritage, born in Spain, raised in Algeria, was a World War I French Navy veteran.He
found himself stranded in New York City on Armistice Day, November 11, 1918, as the war came to an end and the government of France could not afford to bring his
ship and its crew home.A resourceful young man, Francis Calvert proceeded to learn electrical engineering and was hired by the General Electric Company to do electrical installations in power plants.
So it was that he
found himself in Madison and met Mary Renier.They were married October 4, 1924 in the parlor of the Renier home on Main Street in Madison.
The partnership was to continue 72 years, as the Calverts traveled all over the United States working first for the General Electric Company
and later for themselves.Mr. Calvert
founded several companies in the early 1950s, the Husky Corporation and the PLM Corporation
, both of which manufactured high-voltage electrical equipment and were later sold.With Mrs. Calvert's assistance he founded Gran-Cal Inc., which produced cable accessories and fittings, and then the Calvert Company in June 1956.
This company grew and prospered and was finally sold in 1992. Mrs. Calvert
took up photography out of necessity, in order to photograph electrical equipment for the Calvert Company
continued it as a hobby, specializing in nature photography, entering competitions and winning awards with her
studies of wild flowers and birds.She
studied with acclaimed photographers Dr. Helen Manzer and Freeman Patterson.Soon she
specialized in travelogues, making 16 extended tours to the far corners of the world.Her
travels took her
"off the beaten path" to spots in South America, Alaska, Easter Island, Iceland, and in 1982 to China and around the world.She
photographed icebergs, volcanoes, the midnight sun, glaciers, the Himalayas, Machu Picchu, the Taj Mahal, and the Great Wall of China.She
also photographed the people in the lands she
visited, especially the children, with the affectionate eye of a mother and grandmother.Three of her
books, published in the 1980s, are collections of her
own color photographs: Maine Captured in Color, Nature Trails, and Children.
Mrs. Calvert's interest in Maine history grew out of her
career in photography.After she
had photographed the Arnold Expedition Re-enactment in 1975 and the last log drives on the Kennebec River in 1976, it seemed natural to start writing about them.
Mr. and Mrs. Calvert
celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on October, 4, 1994 with a dinner at Schooner Cove attended by 14 of their children and grandchildren and two great-grandsons.The 72-year partnership came to an end May 20, 1997, when Francis Calvert
passed away peacefully.He
was 94 years old. Mrs. Calvert
was a 20-year member of the Photographic Society of America
.She was a past president of the Woman's Photography Society of Cleveland; a member of the National League of American Penwomen; an active member of the Lincoln County Camera Club; and the New England Wildflower Society; the Maine Society of Mayflower Descendants; and the DAR, Pemaquid Chapter.She was a life member of the Arnold Expedition Historical Society.
work in photography and writing she
received the Deborah Morton Award at the 1983 commencement exercises at Westbrook College
was honored at the dedication of the Westbrook College Library
October 22, 1986, when the new Maine Women in History Room was given her
name.A collection of her
books and photographs is housed in the room named in her
honor in the library of the University of Maine at Augusta