Statement from Dr. Jane Lubchenco on the death of former NOAA Administrator Anthony J. Calio

January 26, 2012

Last week we were informed of the passing of former NOAA Administrator (1985-87) and physicist Anthony “Tony” Calio.

Known for his strong leadership, Administrator Calio advanced the effort to modernize NOAA’s National Weather Service, which included the development of NEXRAD radar – a major advancement for its time – as well as AWIPS 90, the first program of its kind to bring operational satellite data to the forecasting community.

During his tenure, Administrator Calio supported a domestic policy council working group charged with looking at how the nation — federal agencies, in particular — could better coordinate and invest in programs to understand and address changing climate and large-scale environmental change. His work resulted in the creation of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s NSTC Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Sustainability, which recommended the establishment of the interagency U.S. Global Change Research Program.

Within NOAA, Administrator Calio is credited with developing the agency's Climate and Global Change Program that was the foundation for the vibrant climate research program within NOAA that exists today. He was also integrally involved in attempts to improve NOAA’s geostationary and polar-orbiting satellites program, including the GOES satellites that were launched in the 1990s.

Before coming to NOAA, Administrator Calio served as associate administrator for space and terrestrial applications and deputy associate administrator for space science at NASA, among other roles. He was also a part of the Apollo management team that implemented and directed all aspects of the program’s science activities for Apollo 7 through Apollo 17. He held an undergraduate degree in physics from the University of Pennsylvania and an honorary doctoral degree from the Washington University in St. Louis.

Administrator Calio is warmly and fondly remembered by his colleagues at NOAA. On behalf of the NOAA family, I extend my sincerest condolences to his wife Jenanne and family, and all of his friends and colleagues during this sad time.

Dr. Jane Lubchenco
Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere
and NOAA Administrator