O. Roy Chalk Organization founder

Oscar Roy Chalk (June 7, 1907 – December 1, 1995) was a New York entrepreneur who owned real estate, airlines, bus companies, newspapers and a rail line that hauled bananas in Central America. His diverse holdings included DC Transit, Trans Caribbean Airways, the Houdon bust of Thomas Jefferson now at Monticello, the Chalk Emerald, and the New York Spanish-language newspapers El Diario de Nueva York and La Prensa, merging them into El Diario La Prensa. Chalk was born in London, England and emigrated to the United States at age three. He grew up in the Bronx where his neighbors included Ira and George Gershwin and Lou Gehrig. He graduated from New York University and its law school. He learned the real estate business and bought several apartment buildings. He started Trans Caribbean Airlines in 1945 for $60,000, with two DC-4s. It was through the airline that in the mid 1960's he eventually purchased the 800-mile rail line, International Railways of Central America, that transported bananas in Central America. He later purchased a banana plantation which he owned for a time.

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Date of birth
June 7th, 1907
United States of America
Date of death
December 1st, 1995 at age of 88


1. New York University Colleges/University

New York University (NYU) is a private, nonsectarian research university based in New York City, USA. NYU's main campus is situated in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Lower Manhattan. Founded in 1831, NYU is one of the largest private nonprofit institutions of American higher education.

Type Private university
2012. 2.83 bil. $
2011. 2.75 bil. $
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70 Washington Sq South, 10012 - New York City, New York
2012. 22,498
2011. 20,815
2010. 22,097
2009. 21,759
2012. 18,557
2010. 21,700
Acceptance rate
2014. 34.0 %
2013. 35.0 %
2011. 30.0 %
2010. 32.0 %
Local tuition
2012. 43.2 K $
2010. 37.9 K $
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Organizations founded

1. Trans Caribbean Airways


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Trans Caribbean Airways was a United States airline owned by O. Roy Chalk. Its hub was San Juan, Puerto Rico. Founded in 1945, it was acquired by American Airlines in 1971. Its headquarters was located in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. The main headquarters for Trans Caribbean Airways was in New York for most of the time until it was acquired by American Airlines on March 3, 1971. There was a building in San Juan that was owned by TCA and has a full wall done in tile with the TCA logo. The female flight attendants wore an unusual uniform hat for a U.S. carrier; it was supposed to be a copy of the Spanish Cordobes hat the color Blue trim in Aqua. It represented the Spanish influence of the Caribbean islands. The uniform was designed by Mrs. O. Roy Chalk, wife of the owner. The last paint job on the tail of the aircraft was a navy blue with an orange palm tree. At the time of its acquisition by American Airlines, Trans Caribbean was operating a small fleet of Douglas DC-8 and Boeing 727 jetliners.


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