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TLU Alumnus, Calvin Henze '48 Celebrates his 100th Birthday!

January 28, 2024 marks the 100th birthday of Calvin Henze, an outstanding TLU Bulldog from the class of 1948. In honor of this spectacular milestone, the TLU Alumni Association would like to highlight Calvin’s life story.

Calvin Henze was born in Barbarossa, Texas on January 28, 1924. He attended a single room German-speaking primary school, Navarro High School, and finally, Seguin High School where he graduated from 11th grade. Calvin started his career working during high school at Barbarossa Bowling Club where he earned 30 cents a night. He then worked at the Seguin Cotton Oil Mill and the Seguin Ice Plant.

At 19, Calvin enlisted in the Army Air Corp and served in the 8th Air Force in England. Three years later he was honorably discharged and enrolled at Texas Lutheran College under the GI Bill. While at TLC, Calvin met Irene Daum whom he married on Valentine’s Day ‘47. The following summer, he graduated from TLC with his Associates Arts Degree and became a proud Class of 1948 Alum.

Calvin transferred to SWTSTC (Texas State) where while in his first semester, he and Irene became the parents to their first born, Sandra. In 1949 Calvin graduated in the top 10% of his class earning his BBA in Accounting.

From 1949-1955 Calvin worked as an internal auditor with the San Antonio City Public Service. During this time his second daughter, Patti was born, and Calvin earned his Texas Certified Public Accountant Certification. Throughout the next 23 years, Calvin worked as a Controller, General Manager, and CEO in San Antonio, where he ultimately retired in 1978.

Additionally, Calvin served as a member and then President of the American Public Power Association and a charter member of the Gas Research Institute. From 1978-1992, Calvin re-entered the workforce as the General Manager and CEO of the Florida Municipal Power Agency.

For his great work in the American power sector, Calvin was listed in the 1984-1985 Edition of Who’s Who in America. He moved back to Texas in 2005, and now resides in New Braunfels.

Calvin is a prime example of the quality and innovation which TLU Bulldogs provide to their communities.

Please join us in celebrating Calvin’s very special 100th birthday!