The Marine Engineer's Beneficial Association said Jesse M. Calhoon,
its longest-serving president "who is widely credited with
ushering the union into the modern era," died October 22 at the age of 90.
An obituary in the union's Telex Times
newsletter said he was remembered as a tough negotiator and the creator of a union-run
apprenticeship program that eventually became the Calhoon M.E.B.A. Engineering School.
“Jesse Calhoon was an exemplary individual, a great labor leader, and a
true visionary for the U.S. Merchant Marine when it needed it the most.
He was also brave. Jesse served our country and our union well in peace
and war,” said Mike Jewell, MEBA's current president.