Published in Houston Chronicle on Dec. 22, 2013
Rosalind Calvert Perez Born: Panama City, Florida on August 4, 1944 Died: LeaguenCity, Texas on December 9, 2013 Rosalind died of a heart attack. She was the daughter of Margie Liechy and Ralph Calvert.
She is the cherished wife and survived by her loving and devoted husband, Frank Perez; she is the love of his life.
She is also survived by brother Bill Calvert and sister Cindy Spell (husband Dana and children Buck Dustin and Robyn Lee Vandewater); son Ted Lively (wife Lori and children Logan, Phoebe and Piper); son Blaine Lively ( wife Denise and children Autumn and Chance), son-in-law Frank Perez, Jr. (wife Dawn and child Nia); son-in-law Jeremy Shamblee (wife Kim and children Isabelle and Keese; daughter Natasha Graf (husband Dave and children David and Elizabeth); daughter Melissa Wahl and children Sabrina and Max; daughter Liz Berger; son Ben Berger (wife Molitta and daughter Maya).
Bother-in-law Bill Perez (wife Grace and children Vandy Lehman (husband Gary and children Michael and Amanda); Lisa Thomas (husband Tim and child Valerie); son Bill Jr).
Sister-in-law and dear friend Katherine Thatcher and children (Elizabeth Lively (children Oscar, Olivia, and James Garcia)); Jessica Braquet and children Nate and Ryan; George DePugh(son-in-law) children( Wesley DePugh and Erin Patriquin)).
Rosalind's family moved to Galveston in the mid 50's. Her father was a shrimper and moved his boat from Panama City. She attended Stephen F. Austin Junior High and then Ball High where she participated in Beauty Pageants, the History Club, the Year Book, the Tornetttes- the high kick team, and Modern Dance- her life's passion. As a young girl, she took dance lessons from Patsy Swayze.
She graduated from Sam Houston State University with a dual major Bachelors of Science in Education (Kinesiology) & Business Administration and a Masters of Arts in Education (Kinesiology), and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Doctorate of Education (Dance). Professional Certificates included Superintendent, Mid-Management, Educational Administration, Principalship (Harvard) and Special Education (UHCL). At Sam Houston, she studied with Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham. She taught dance to the women behind The Walls at the TDCJ Goree State Farm for Women, always healing through dance.
She returned to Houston to work for Rod Paige at Texas Southern University where she taught football players to leap and go up on their toes. She then joined HISD and held many Administrative positions in the Alternative Schools District.
She owned and operated a daycare in Sugarland, First Experience for 300+ children for 3 years.
In 2003, Rosalind went to Bay Area Charter School District as Principal of Ed White High School and soon became the Superintendent of the District. Rosalind continued doing both full time positions, Principal and superintendent until December 9th. She was passionate about teaching and encouraged students, teachers and administrators to realize their full potential.
Rosalind loved to travel and explore. She traveled extensively throughout the United States: the East Coast, the West Coast, the South West, and the South East. She lived in Greenville, North Carolina and Chappaqua, New York (where she taught dance at several stops while riding the trains north and then home again). She walked the airfield at Kitty Hawk and the beach dunes of NC. She traveled to Mexico: Mexico City, Apizaco and Copper Canyon (met with the Tarahumara Indians).
She traveled to Europe: England- London, Greenwich (walked the International Time Line), France (she loved the Paris museums and nightlife), Spain (the olive fields and the Gold Coast), Gibraltar, Greece, and Russia (to see Baryshnikov before the Wall was down), Asia-China (saw the terracotta solders and Tiananmen Square), India and Japan (loved the hot baths). She cruised around the islands of New Zealand on a Passover cruise.
While living in Tanzania for 3 years she traveled all over Africa. She learned to pilot through jungles there. Rosalind started a dance company; trekked through Ngorgoro Crater, climbed Kilimanjaro and traveled to Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Rwanda (visited with Jane Goodall), South Africa, Egypt, traveled throughout Israel and later Morocco-the Kasbah.
Rosalind's other accomplishments included learning to ski at fifty and was a regular at Beaver Creek, Park City and Taos thereafter. She and her horse "Chico" rode in the Houston trail ride.
She bought and loved flying her plane, a Piper/Cherokee. She loved sailing her Dhow -an East African boat in Tanzania which prepared her to bare-boat many sailing trips in the Leeward Islands. Rosalind never stopped dancing- with dance troupes, Israeli Folk Dancing at her Synagogue and with her husband up to the night of December 8. Every year she would have "Grammie Camp" where she brought her various grandchildren together for a week in summer.
Rosalind was a long-term member of Congregation Shaar Hashalom and produced the annual Memorial Booklet for the Yizkor service at Yom Kippur.
She belonged to and supported many organizations, most recently the Rotary Club of Space Center (RNASA committee and is a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow), Sam Houston State University- Lifetime Alumna, UHCL( Lifetime Alumna, Distinguished Alumna and one of the fifty Belles of the Bell), Bay Area Houston Ballet and Theatre, (she was Board Chair for two terms), The Arts Alliance Clear Lake (established the Imagination Station program and oversaw it for years and she was Board Chair for two terms), Association of Business & Professional Women, Charter Member Dickinson Optimist Club, and a Charter member of the Bay Area-League City Optimist Club(vice President). Rosalind was a former President of the local 99's, an all female pilots organization.
Rosalind made so many friends throughout her life; many considered her their best friend. People saw the loving and caring; everyone loved being with her. She was respected by all.
She did so much but felt there was so much more to do. Her many friends and family are now challenged to live up to her example of love and service. There will be a Celebration of Life for Rosalind in February, exact date and location to be announced. Contributions may be made to the Bay Area Houston Ballet and Theatre Endowment Fund to be used for educational and cultural advancement of dance. BAHBT, P.O. Box 580466, Houston 77258
I have fought
the good fight,
I have finished the race,
I have kept the faith.
and lived life to its fullest.
As appeared on page 32 of Clear Lake Area Community Newsletter - December 2013
(Published by Bay Area Printing)
The hearts of the Bay Area are coming together on Friday, February 28, 2014 to celebrate the annual Go Red For Women Luncheon at South Shore Harbour Resort located at 2500 South Shore Blvd. League City, TX 77573. The 2014 Bay Area Go Red Luncheon is chaired by Bonnie Benkula and presented by Bay Area Regional Medical Center. This event will leave attendees feeling empowered and armed with the knowledge to help not only themselves but their loved ones live a stronger, healthier life. Interested in being a bigger part of the movement? Join the Bay Area Go Red For Women Luncheon committee today and make a difference.
Please contact Katie Pryor at the American Heart Association: [email protected] or by phone 713-610-5072. Together, we can make a difference in the community and help save the hearts of those we love.
Front row: Jeanette Webster, Santiago Mendoza, Katie Pryor, Sandy Adams, Jacqueline Wiseman;
Second Row: Betty Phillips (ABPW Member), Teri Southard, Hakeem Olajuwon, Brandy Gates, Bonnie Benkula, Mindi Funderberg and Trisha Barita (ABPW Member).