A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Dr. Evans earned a BS in mathematics in 1965 from Case Institute of Technology, Cleveland, Ohio and a Ph.D. in mathematics in 1971 from Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill. He was an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics at Roosevelt University, Chicago from 1969-1972. He left Roosevelt University to pursue a degree in medicine, but returned to the faculty as a part-time lecturer in the Departments of Mathematics and Economics from 1977-1979.
Evans began his medical education at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, earning a degree in medicine in 1975. He entered the combined Ophthalmology Residency Program at Loyola University Medical Center/Hines VA Hospital, graduating in 1979. Evans was Board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology in 1981, and completed a fellowship in uveitis/inflammatory disease at the University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, Chicago in 1987.
Evans joined the faculty of the Department of Ophthalmology at Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood as a part-time clinical instructor in 1979. Upon his Board certification, he was appointed assistant professor of ophthalmology, where he served as a full-time faculty member specializing in uveitis and inflammatory disease and director of the low vision service until his retirement in 1996 due to ill health. During his medical career, he also served on the staff of the Hines Veterans Administration Hospital, Hines, Ill., Dreyer Medical Clinic, S.C. in Aurora, Ill., and DuPage General Hospital in Elmhurst, Ill.
An accomplished researcher and dedicated educator, Evans authored more than 16 articles and book chapters, 14 abstracts, and presented numerous lectures at local, regional and national meetings.
He served on several departmental and hospital committees while at Loyola and was a member of the Illinois Association of Ophthalmology Board of Directors. During his career he served as a consultant to various corporations and scientific institutes and is credited with the invention of the capsule forceps with iris retractor, manufactured by Karl Ilg Company.
Evans was a member of the Institute of Mathematic Statistics, the American Medical Association, the Illinois State Medical Society, the Chicago Medical Society, the Illinois Association of Ophthalmology, and was a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
In his leisure time, Evans was a model train enthusiast. He enjoyed geometry and did volunteer work in both locally and abroad, participating in a variety of vision screenings and low vision fairs as well as mission trips to the Mercy Hospital in Abak, Nigeria with FOCUS, Inc. (Foreign Ophthalmic Care from the U.S.).
Dr. Evans is survived by his daughter, Katherine Evans of San Francisco, Cal., and his sister, Margaret King of Strongsville, Ohio. At the family’s request, donations in Dr. Evans’ memory may be made to the Low Vision Fund of the Department of Ophthalmology at Loyola University Medical Center.