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