Picture of Ron Calgaard standing up in black and white at his memorial service
Remembering the Legacy of President Emeritus Ronald K. Calgaard
Memorial service celebrates life, community

The Trinity community celebrated the life and legacy of President Emeritus Ronald K. Calgaard, Ph.D., at the Margarite B. Parker Chapel on Wednesday, Aug. 4. The service of remembrance and gratitude was open to the community and attended by family, friends, and Tigers on whom President Calgaard had a monumental impact.

View a Photo Gallery from the Service

Contributing to the service were friends and loved ones past and present, including: David Heller, DMA, University organist; the Rev. Alex Serna-Wallender ’08, M’09, University chaplain; Danny Anderson, Trinity president; Drew Cauthorn; daughter Lisa Calgaard Sands; son Kent Calgaard; grandson Eliot Sands; granddaughter Kathleen Calgaard; the Rev. Raymond Judd ’56, University chaplain emeritus; and Jacquelyn Matava, DMA, soprano.

“Without life, there’s no living. And what does living mean? And here I must become personal: Living means something like Ronald K. Calgaard. I have known few people in my life who have loved life and living any more than Ron,” the Rev. Judd said in his homily. “Someone wrote long ago, ‘Institutions like Trinity are the length and shadows of many faithful persons. Some, however, do cast longer shadows.’ Ron’s long shadow will be with us who love Trinity and love San Antonio for the rest of our lives.”

Calgaard, who died in April 2020, served at Trinity’s helm from 1979 to 1999 and was the longest-serving president in the University’s history. Under his leadership, Trinity achieved national recognition for excellence in liberal arts and sciences education, redefining the institution’s mission. That mission essentially continues to guide Trinity’s pursuits and reputation today.

Jeanna Goodrich Balreira '08 is the assistant vice president for Strategic Communications and Marketing at Trinity University.

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