Robert A. Calvert

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Robert Arnold "Bob" Calvert​

(Texas historian and professor
at Texas A&M University)​

Born October 18, 1933​
Stephenville, Erath County
Texas, USA

Resident of College Station
Brazos County, Texas

Died November 30, 2000
(aged 67)
College Station, Texas

Resting place:
Bryan (Texas) City Cemetery ​

Political Party Democrat
Spouse (1) Martha Ann Langowski

(2) Donna Hannah-Calvert​
Don and Jeff Calvert
​ Patrice C. Lewis
Marjorie Pauline "Polly" Calvert (deceased)
Robert Clark and Pauline McGaffey Calvert ​
Alma mater:
Southern Methodist University
​ University of North Texas
University of Texas at Austin

Military Service
Service/branch United States Army
Enlisted 1954
Not to be confused with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Robert S. Calvert (1892–1981).

Robert Arnold Calvert, Jr., known as Bob Calvert (October 18, 1933 – November 30, 2000),[1] was a historian and professor at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, best known for his standard textbook, The History of Texas, co-authored with Arnoldo De Leon and Gregg Cantrell.[2]


Calvert was born to Robert Clark Calvert and the former Pauline McGaffey in Stephenville in Erath County, located southeast of Abilene, Texas. He attended Southern Methodist University in University Park, Texas, and the University of North Texas at Denton prior to entering the United States Army in 1954. He procured both his Bachelor of Arts (1957) and Master of Arts (1960) in history from North Texas. He taught history in the Denton public schools and at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana.

Scholarly pursuits

From 1967 to 1973, Calvert taught at the University of North Texas. He resigned to pursue his Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin, from which he graduated in 1975. He then joined the TAMU faculty, of which he had also been a member from 1965 to 1966.[3] There he specialized in the history of Texas and the American South since 1877, with emphasis on the civil rights movement. He also wrote textbooks on ethnic and labor history, 20th century Texas, and Progressivism in the South.[4]

In 1970, Calvert co-authored with Donald E. Chipman and Randolph B. Campbell The Dallas Cowboys and the NFL, an inside study of the organization and financing of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys, a vital cog of "an industry that occupies an important segment of American time and attention ... a sophisticated industry that has worked out complex statistics to select the best thrower of a forward pass. . . . [and] has reformed television habits ... "[5]

In 1981, Calvert and Alwyn Barr, a retired historian from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, co-authored Black Leaders: Texans for Their Times.[4] In 1991, he co-authored with his friend and TAMU colleague, Walter L. Buenger, the book entitled Texas Through Time: Evolving Interpretations. One of the chapters in Texas Through Time is oddly titled "The Shelf Life of Truth in Texas," also co-authored by Calvert and Buenger.[6] In 1982, Calvert co-authored with his friend and TAMU colleague, Larry D. Hill, the article entitled "The University of Texas Extension Services and Progressivism" in The Southwestern Historical Quarterly.[3]

Calvert spent years studying and chronicling the civil rights movement. By 1982, he had concluded that the movement had largely died because the American public grew skeptical that "the national government could play a positive role in erasing social and economic injustice," a view much at odds with his own liberal thinking in that regard.[3]

In 1993, Calvert co-authored with Maury B. Forman, Cartooning Texas: One Hundred Years of Cartoon Art in the Lone Star State, which focuses on political cartoons.[4]

Calvert was the coordinator of TAMU history graduate studies at the time of his death. He was a member of the TAMU Press faculty advisory committee and was the co-editor of the TAMU Southwestern Studies series. He was a contributor to The Handbook of Texas, much of which is now on-line.[4] He was a past president of the Texas State Historical Association.[7] He was a co-editor of Texas Vistas: Selections from the Southwestern Historical Quarterly, an anthology of TSHA scholarly articles.[8]

Death and family

Calvert died at his home in College Station and was survived by his second wife, Donna Hannah-Calvert, two sons, Don and Jeff Calvert, and daughter Patrice Lewis. A second daughter, Marjorie Pauline "Polly" Calvert, died in childhood in 1973.[9]

Calvert is interred at Bryan City Cemetery in Bryan, the neighboring city of College Stationj.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Robert Arnold Calvert. Retrieved on February 15, 2020.
  2. The History of Texas (paperback), 3rd edition, 2001, ISBN 0-88295-966-2. Harlan Davidson. Retrieved on February 15, 2020. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 (2009) in Debra Ann Reid: Seeking Inalienable Rights: Texans and Their Quests for Justice. Texas A&M University Press, preface and pp. xiv, 56. ISBN 9781603441186. Retrieved on February 15, 2020. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 A Guide to the Robert Calvert Papers, 1970-1995. Retrieved on February 15, 2020.
  5. Book review of The Dallas Cowboys and the NFL by Robert A. Calvert, Donald E. Chipman, and Randolph Campbell (1979) in, accessed October 15, 2010; material no longer on-line.
  6. Walter L. Buenger. Retrieved on October 14, 2010; material no longer on-line.
  7. Presidents, Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved on February 15, 2020.
  8. Texas Vistas. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved on February 15, 2020.
  9. Marjorie Pauline "Polly" Calvert (1962-1973). Retrieved on February 15, 2020.