In Memoriam of Charles A. Evans (1912-2008)



Charles A. Evans
1912 - 2008

Charles A. Evans, Ph.D., 96, Professor Emeritus and first Chairman of the Department of Microbiology, died on December 4, 2008.

Charles (Chuck) Evans, received his B.S., M.D. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He devoted 36 years to the University, during which time he served as the chairman of the Department of Microbiology, chairman of the University Senate, associate director of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and as the first director of the Office of Minority Student Affairs. He was the last surviving department chair of the original medical school faculty. He published over two hundred articles of his scientific research focusing primarily on the study of viral infections, poliomyelitis and tumor virology. His early research focused on the growth of poliomyelitis virus in cell and tissue culture. These underappreciated studies were reported in a series of papers were singled out by John Enders in his Nobel acceptance speech for their important contributions to the development of the field. Chuck then returned his attention to papillomavirus infections in rabbits, their oncogenic potential, and immune responses of the host. Finally, in his later years, he returned to a earlier interest, the ecology of skin microflora and its role in disease.

He not only was a very productive laboratory scientist, but also was a serious naturalist, amateur ornithologist, bird watcher and skilled photographer. Everything he undertook was pursued with passionate intensity and reflected his fascination and respect for the natural world.

Dr. Evans is survived by his wife of 70 years, Allie Ann Evans. His children are Nicholas (deceased), Susan (Bill Layman), Thomas (Julia Evans), and Carol (Bill McClain), grandchildren, Hillary and Alice Evans, Kevin and Kelsey McClain, Nathan and Genevieve Layman.

Donations in Dr. Evans' memory can be made by check (payable to UW Foundation) to:
UW Medicine Development
Box 358045
Seattle, WA  98195-8045

Alternatively, you can donate online at the following web site:

The Charles Evans Award Fund was established when Dr. Evans retired, in June of 1982. Contributions to this fund are made by friends, colleagues, former students and members of his family. The fund provides an annual award for the graduating microbiology major with the highest cumulative grade point average.