Jorge E. Calvo, loving husband, father, grandfather and a prominent Cuban American banking technology pioneer, died at the age of 69 of heart complications. Calvo is survived by his devoted wife of 45 years, Karen, his daughters Tammi Calvo Sanchez, Lisa Calvo Aun and Jennifer Calvo-Calderon, seven grandchildren and his brother Enrique Calvo. Mr. Calvo lost his longtime battle with heart disease at South Miami Hospital on August 15, 2012 surrounded by his extended family.
Mr. Calvo was born in Havana, Cuba in 1943 and attended Havana Military Academy, an institution he loved and supported throughout his life, organizing fellow alumni while in exile. A proud cadet, Calvo was a member of the school’s track and field and basketball teams. Upon learning of his passing, a fellow classmate said, “Jorge was remembered and revered as a reliable and forthcoming friend and an impeccable person of high morals.”
In 1961, at the age of 18, Calvo left communist Cuba for New York City where he got his first break in what would become a long and illustrious career in banking technology, landing a job in the computer department at Chemical Bank working on the first online, real-time stock transfer system in the U.S.
While, attending Queens College at night, he immersed himself in the budding world of banking software and by 1965, was offered the opportunity to lead the computer division for First National Bank of Miami (Southeast Bank of Florida) where he would meet his wife and create one of the leading online, real-time commercial banking system in the country.
Thereafter, he founded his own company Computel Systems, Inc., the largest information technology service bureau in the Southeastern United States in the 1970’s. At one point Mr. Calvo was the individual most responsible for the computerization of more than 80 percent of all the financial institutions in South Florida’s banking systems. In addition, his company developed and sold state-of-the-art online banking, mortgage and utility billing system to several major cities and financial institutions across the United States and South America. According to his peers, beyond being a prolific creator and implementer of systems, he was a visionary with unrelenting drive to continuously improve quality and reliability.
Later, Mr. Calvo joined Electronic Data Systems (EDS), then one of the largest information technology companies in the world, where he served as Vice President of The Americas Division for nine years, before joining Platinum Technology, a major computer software acquired by Computer Associates.
In his retirement years, Calvo enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren – from picking them up from school and taking them to activities, spending summers on the beach — and travelling with his beloved wife. “He adored his family and was loved every bit in return,” said his family in a statement. “He will be sorely missed, but mostly remembered for the example he set as a devoted son, brother, friend, husband, father and grandfather.”