GRANT CHILDS KALIVODA Grant Childs Kalivoda quietly passed away February 8 surrounded by family and friends. He is survived by his fianc, Charlotte Schaaf and his son, Nick Kalivoda. He was preceded in death by his parents, Marie Childs and Joseph Kalivoda, his wife, Dixie Ray Kalivoda, and his sister, Jean Kolodziej. Grant was born September 8, 1947 in the Village of Grosse Point Farms, Michigan. He earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Chemistry from Indiana University in 1969. While doing graduate work in photography, he completed his teaching credentials and started his career as an educator. Grant taught photography and darkroom skills in Gary, Indiana public schools. In Wyoming he taught photography, math and coached wrestling. At Philmont Scout Ranch he developed and managed the photo department where generations of scouts benefitted from his expertise. Before moving to New Mexico, Grant and his wife, Dixie, relocated to Guatemala where he became a freelance photo journalist. His images were published in National Geographic Magazine in October 1974. Once settled in New Mexico, Grant worked at the camera store in Los Alamos and later opened The Darkroom in Santa Fe. Combining his loves led to the founding of the preeminent watering hole for photography in the Northern New Mexico, Camera and Darkroom. Local amateurs and tourists rubbed shoulders with internationally recognized photographers while Grant waited on everyone. In 1998, he started Giant Photo Equipment where he sold and serviced everything from film processors and enlargers to computers and cameras. An early adopter of digital photography and imaging, Grant gained experience with Camera and Darkroom Digital which prepared him to team up with Digital2You to become the regional sales manager for Epson, HP and Canon professional printers. Grant's mission was to demystify the complex and treat everyone with respect. He will be remembered for his love of learning, his patience with those seeking knowledge, and his unbridled optimism. A memorial was held April 5th to honor and celebrate his life. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Kitchen Angels or Habitat for Humanity in Grant's name.
Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Apr. 16, 2014