Calvin Frank Spencer passed away Saturday, July 20, 2019. Diagnosed with glioblastoma in 2014, Cal continued to work, travel, and enjoy life through multiple medical procedures, and remained an employee of KBR at the time of his passing.
Cal was born in Hazleton, PA in 1946. In 1964 he began his studies at Pennsylvania State University as the first in his family to attend college. Cal earned his Bachelor's, Master's, and PhD in succession in Chemical Engineering. He left Pennsylvania in 1973 to join M.W. Kellogg in Houston, TX, where he would meet his future wife, Katherine, also a Kellogg employee, the same year. The two married in 1976, and Katherine gave birth to their only child, Adam, in 1980.
Cal was an employee of M.W. Kellogg throughout its many name changes into its present-day KBR. He was a valuable and loyal employee for over 45 years. In addition to multiple publications and service awards, Cal served as the Chairman of the American Petroleum Institute Technical Data Committee for over a decade.
My father, Cal, was a gentle family man who was loved by many. He enjoyed the simple things like lunchtime with work friends and gardening. My father reveled in seeing others succeed. A soft-spoken man, he was great at bringing people and ideas together. He highly valued education and as his own family could not afford his first two years of college, it would mean a great deal to him to be able to help offload that hardship for students of future generations.
In lieu of a ceremony or celebration of any sort, I have decided to start, and request donations towards, the Calvin Frank Spencer Scholarship Fund that will award students in the Chemical Engineering Department at his alma mater, Pennsylvania State University.
Students will be invited to apply in both Fall and Spring semesters, and an award of $2,500 will be given in each period for as long as the fund exists. My hope is that through fundraising, we will be able to create an endowment that will allow this to continue in perpetuity.
This is what my father stood for. While he did not want to leave us, he knew his work was not for us. It was for future generations to come. He would be extremely proud to foster future engineers to responsibly change the world.