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COL (Ret.) John Calabro


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Professor Emeritus COL(R) John Calabro (d. 2013)
Colonel (Retired) John A. Calabro was posthumously appointed professor emeritus on 29 August 2013 in recognition of his 20 years of distinguished academic service at USMA. For a combined fifteen years as course director for the Composition and Advanced Composition courses, he had a direct and lasting impact on the critical thinking and communication skills of more than 14,000 future Army officers. In 1977, he was awarded the New York State English Council’s College Teacher of the Year Award, and as a course director, he professionally developed and mentored hundreds of military and civilian faculty members. Among his roles in institutional governance, Colonel Calabro served for a combined 26 years on the Admissions Committee, the Credentials and Promotions Committee, and the Scholarships Committee. He also chaired a Middle States Accreditation Self-Study Committee in AY 1997-98. He attained the academic rank of Professor of English in 1992, having published numerous articles, reviews, and conference papers, along with a book on American artist and USMA Professor of Drawing, Robert Weir (1803-1889). He was a visiting professor at the University of Nijmegen in Denmark, the Women’s Crew Team coach for over a decade, and a longtime advisor to the cadet publication The Circle in the Spiral. He also served on the national-level advisory board of the Educational Testing Service. Since his retirement, Colonel Calabro continued to teach both electives and core courses in the Department of English and Philosophy. His wide-ranging, enduring, and profound contributions to the United States Military Academy reflect unwavering dedication both to the development of future Army officers and to the mission of higher education in America.