Details About the Celebration Service

A Celebration of the Life of Hugh Calkins

Saturday, September 13, 4:00 pm

First Unitarian Church, 21600 Shaker Boulevard, Shaker Heights, Ohio

Hugh Calkins’ friends, family members, and all those who were touched by his life, work, and practical conviction that we can make our world a better place: we invite you to join us at this celebration. Following the 90-minute service, the family will host a reception at Loganberry Books, 13015 Larchmere Boulevard, Shaker Heights, Ohio, beginning at 6:00 pm. A bookstore might not seem an intuitively obvious choice for the reception following a memorial service — but this is no ordinary bookstore, and Hugh Calkins was no ordinary man. There will be valet parking available; check back at this site in the weeks leading up to the event for more details.

For those traveling to Cleveland for the Celebration:

Our dad loved Cleveland with a passion. We hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to experience some of its many attractions and dimensions. There is plenty of information available online about visiting Cleveland: the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame, Playhouse Square, the stupendously amazing West Side Market, the funky downtown Tremont and Warehouse districts, the historic Arcade, University Circle with the Cleveland Museum of Art and the home of the Cleveland Orchestra, the Shaker Lakes Nature Center, the Coventry neighborhood, and so much more.

“Home” Hotel: Embassy Suites, Beachwood OH

We have reserved a block of rooms at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Beachwood, a ten minute drive from the church. Rooms there are $129 if you specify that you’re there for the Hugh Calkins Celebration Weekend when you call. By phone: 800-317-1960; specify the group code, which is HCC. For online reservations:  Use the website below;  enter dates and number of guests; click the “enter special code section” and enter HCC for your group code and continue to make reservations. Room types are based on a first come first serve basis.  The cutoff date is Friday, August 29, 2014 to get the special group rate.

3775 Park E Dr, Beachwood, OH 44122

Local Hotel Phone:(216) 765-8066

Other Hotels

Below is a list of hotels. The first group represents chain hotels near the First Unitarian Church, where the service will be held. Those traveling with families will find the most affordable lodgings there. The second group represents other hotels or b&bs that are nearer to Cleveland’s cultural attractions. Driving time from Downtown Cleveland to the church is no more than a half hour, on weekends.

Near the Church:

Hampton Inn & Suites Cleveland-Beachwood

3840 Orange Pl, Beachwood, OH 44122

Phone:(216) 831-3735


Fairfield Inn & Suites Cleveland Beachwood (Marriott)

3750 Orange Pl, Beachwood, OH 44122

Phone:(216) 831-3300



Courtyard Cleveland Beachwood

3695 Orange Pl, Beachwood, OH 44122

Phone:(216) 765-1900



Extended Stay America / Homestead Studio Suites Cleveland – Beachwood

3625 Orange Pl, Cleveland, OH 44122   OR 3820 Orange Pl.,Beachwood, OH 44122

Phone:(216) 896-5555                                  Phone: (216) 595-9551


Maid service $5 extra, Fresh towels available daily. Rooms include kitchen. Pet friendly ($25 fee)


Hilton Cleveland East /Beachwood

3663 Park E Dr, Beachwood, OH 44122

Phone:(216) 464-5950



Other choices

Bed and Breakfast inns:

University Circle: The Tudor Arms Hotel Doubletree by Hilton 10660 Carnegie Avenue 216-455-1260 ubletree-by-hilton-CLEUCDT/index.html from $200

Historic University Circle: Gliddon House 1901 Ford Drive, Cleveland, Ohio 44106 | Phone: 866-812-4537 from $169


3 thoughts on “Details About the Celebration Service

  1. Kathleen H. Stoll

    I had the pleasure of working with Hugh, and members of IUE on a plan for a new Charter High School, Rellaionships Academy. We completed the proposal, but in the end we were not chosen by CMSD, although it was well-received. Hugh was a great leader of the group, very thoughtful in every aspect of our planning, from the governance to the program for students, and methods to build strong relationships among the students, and with their families. It is oone more example of his creativity and commitment to urban education. He will be missed. My best wishes to Ann and the family. Kathleen H. Stoll.


  2. Art Brooks

    Everyone who came in contact with this extraordinary man became infatuated with the ease with which he moved from private to public along a path devoted to excellence. I only take exception to his self characterization as “fortuitous”. What was truly exceptional was his facility to follow his own path with enthusiasm and with consummate skill. Art Brooks


  3. Kathleen H. Stoll

    hugh used his talent, knowledge, and inshgt and resources to promote urban education. I wrote the proposal for “Relationsips Academy” a high school he envisioned. But I think he would be pleased with what is now developing and perhpas particularly the Bard College charter School My son went to Bard, and it was great for him–he went on to get his PhD and is now an x-ray crystallogopher in drug design at Abbvie. Bard really knows how to help kids grow and educate themselves according to their talents and interest. To see that in Cleveland is what Hugh would have wanted. What Hugh understood is that relatioshiips matter in education and in life. I will miss his shining light. Kathleen.



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