Luther Calahan

Luther Weldon Calahan Jr. (known by all as “Pat”) of Ardsley, and formerly Hastings, passed away at the Dobbs Ferry Pavilion of St. John’s Riverside Hospital on Wednesday, July 21, at age 79, less than a month before his 80th birthday. 

A devoted family man, Pat is survived by his wife, Debra O’Donnell; his children Lili, Kathryn, Christie, and Thomas Calahan from his marriage to Laurie Eliscu (Calahan); Debra’s children Michael, Jill, and Celia Castellano; and Pat’s greatest joys, his grandchildren Malcolm and Ruby Miloszewicz and Jolie Calahan.

Pat grew up in New Iberia, La., the oldest of four boys. He was predeceased by his parents, Luther Weldon and Mary Nell Calahan, and his brother Presley Charles. He is survived by his brothers Joseph and Daniel Calahan as well as many other beloved Southern relatives.

Pat attended Rice University with a full track scholarship and earned a degree in mechanical engineering. He continued his education at Dartmouth College and received an MBA from The Tuck School of Business. Pat served in Korea as a captain in the Army Corps of Engineers during the Vietnam Era and was honored with a meritorious service award in 1969. 

Always a hard worker, Pat’s career took him from the oil rigs in the South to becoming an oil tanker broker and consultant in the Northeast with Mobil Oil Corp., and Poten & Partners, Inc., in New York City. In 1989, he began working as a senior broker for MJLF in Stamford, Conn. He worked there up to his retirement weeks before his passing.

Pat loved climbing the White Mountains of New Hampshire, skiing, nature walks, playing bridge in tournaments (life master), opera, reading, classic movies, and spending quality time with all of the people in his life. He was endlessly patient, kind, and generous to everyone and shall live on in the hearts of all who knew him.

His life will be honored with a private memorial service at The First Unitarian Society of Westchester in Hastings. To attend virtually, visit the society’s website at the beginning of September ( In lieu of flowers, send donations to The First Unitarian Society of Westchester.

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