[MARMAM] Dr. Bill's Obituary in the South Bend Tribune

Caryn Self-Sullivan Caryns at sirenian.org
Fri Oct 15 20:12:57 PDT 2010

William E. Evans
Published in South Bend Tribune on October 15, 2010

Oct. 11, 1930 - Oct. 12, 2010

COLLEGE STATION, TX - ll Evans, PhD, 80, of College Station, Texas,  
passed away on Tuesday, October 12, 2010, at St. Joseph Regional  
Health Center in Bryan, Texas. A memorial ceremony will be at 2 p.m.  
Friday, October 15, at Christ Methodist Church in College Station. The  
Rev. Jerry House and Tommy Myrick will officiate.

Dr. Evans is a world-renowned marine mammal acoustician and ecologist.  
He was one of the first scientists to work with the United States  
Navy's Marine Mammal Program in the 1960s. During his 10 years with  
the program, his primary area of research was marine mammal  
communication and echolocation. The result was a special research  
platform for recording and observing dolphins underwater called "Sea  

He went on to be the head of the Hubbs-Sea World Research Institute in  
San Diego and continued his remote sensing studies and their use in  
oceanography. Before leaving federal services, he was the  
presidentially-appointed chairman of the Marine Mammal Commission,  
promoted to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association associate  
administrator for Fisheries, followed by his appointment as the U.S.  
commissioner to the International Whaling Commission and  
Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere (NOAA).

He recognized the need for science majors to have a university-level  
course focusing environmental policy and management, and taught such a  
course at Texas A&M University for 10 years. He was adjunct professor  
of biology at the University of Notre Dame. He retired as managing  
editor of American Midland Naturalist after finishing the journal's  
centennial issues. His most recent research has concentrated on the  
study of the history of international environmental policy and how it  
affects the conservation of threatened and endangered species.

Dr. Evans is the author of several books, the most recent (2008) being  
an autobiography, 50 Years of Flukes and Flippers. He was named an  
Outstanding Alumnus for BGSU in 1985 and received an honorary  
doctorate of public service form BGSU in 1988. He was preceded in  
death by his parents, Justus Robert and Florence Martin Evans.  
Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Jean Evans; sons and daughters-in- 
law, Jon A. and Carylon Evans of Hespena, Ca., and Tim J., DVM, and  
Debora, of Columbia, Mo.; grandchildren, Andreya Evans, Courtney  
Evans, Kelsey Evans, Kendall Evans and Will Evans; and one great- 
grandson, Connor Summers.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to in memory of Bill to the  
BGSU Foundation, memo line: Marine-lab Bill Evans Memorial, Mileti  
Alumni Center, Bowling Green, Ohio, 43403. Arrangements are entrusted  
to Hillier Funeral Home, 2301 E. 29th St., Bryan, TX 77802,  
979-822-1571. Please view and sign the guestbook at www.hillierfuneralhome.com 

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