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John Calder

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games (non-medal events)
Full nameJohn Walcott•Calder
Used nameJohn•Calder
Born5 May 1892 in Utica, New York (USA)
Died20 April 1957 in Utica, New York (USA)
AffiliationsUtica Curling Club
NOC(s) United States


John Calder was the skip of the New York team at the 1932 curling demonstration. He was from Utica, New York and a member of the Utica Curling Club. A graduate of Hamilton College, Calder was called up to the US Navy in May 1917 during World War I, but later transferred to the Army Medical Corps.

After the War Calder served eight years as New York State manager for Anderson, Clayton, and Fleming, a Texas-based cotton brokerage firm. In 1930 he became vice-president of Utica Underwriters Inc, and later was made President. A captain in the US Army Reserve, Calder was recalled to active duty in June 1941. In his later years he was a general agent for the National Life Insurance Company of Vermont.

In the 1960s the Calder Bonspiel was started in his honor in Norfolk, Connecticut. His daughter, Elisabeth Childs and her husband, Ted, formed the Norfolk Curling Club in 1956.


Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Representing 2nd NOC As
1932 Winter Olympics Curling Curling, Men Olympic (non-medal) New York =6 USA John Calder