The Jose M. Calhoun Learning Center was named for former trustee and friend to Green Mountain College, Jose M. Calhoun. Jose Calhoun was a graduate of the Hotchkiss School, Yale University and Harvard Law School. He practiced law, becoming a senior partner in the law firm of Shipman and Goodman, in Hartford, Connecticut where he specialized in labor negotiation. He also was head of both the trust and law departments of the Connecticut Bank and Trust Co.
Jose’s avocation was participating in sports, notably tennis and skiing. It was because of doing pro bono work for the fledgling ski company at Killington in the 1950s and serving on its board since its inception that Jose came to know and love Vermont.
It was while he was still chair of the boards of Hartford Hospital and the University of Hartford that he accepted the invitation to become a member of the board of trustees at Green Mountain College. He served the College as trustee from 1987 until his death in April of 1996. He was Board Chairman from September 1993 until his death.
After his death in 1996 Hartford Hospital and the University together held a tribute to Jose M. Calhoun. Among the many speakers, University president Steve Trachtenburg summed up his friend as “a man of great wisdom and towering integrity.”
The Jose M. Calhoun Learning Center was dedicated in 1997 in his honor. The memory of Jose M. Calhoun continues to set an example for students at Green Mountain College. He was a scholar, a sportsman and an environmentalist who dedicated his life to service to others.