Elaine Altman Evans
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EVANS, ELAINE ALTMAN - passed away on Saturday, March 17, 2012 following a stroke. She is survived by her brother Dr. Bruce Altman, Berwick, Maine, and high school friend Winnie Wallace, Kent Island, MD, whose five children and their families called her Aunt Elaine. Elaine joined the staff of the Frank H. McClung Museum at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 1971 serving as Curator until her death. Prior to coming to the McClung Museum, she was on the staff in the Department of Egyptian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Elaine received a Bachelor of Science degree from Columbia University and a Master's degree from the University of Botswana, Lesotho, and Swaziland in Lesotho, South Africa in 1967. Her three year experience in Africa afforded opportunities to study the cultures and arts of the many parts of Africa that she visited. While in Lesotho she taught at nearby mission schools and the University. After her return to the United States and subsequent move to Knoxville, Elaine's deep commitment to propagating the importance of museums and the protection of cultural property led her to teach a course in museology at the University of Tennessee from 1974-1978. During her tenure at the McClung Museum, Elaine curated 20 temporary exhibits and over 100 smaller case exhibits, her most recent major exhibition being Napoleon and Egyptomania in Tennessee. Her extensive knowledge of material culture led to the long term exhibition of decorative arts from the McClung Museum collections in The Decorative Experience. Her passion for ancient Egypt led Elaine to focus on this subject over the last 25 years. This interest was manifest in the permanent exhibition Ancient Egypt: The Eternal Voice and numerous publications, reports, and presentations, as well as the acquisition of objects, antique photographs, and prints. She personally collected stamps and postcards with a focus on Egypt. Elaine loved to travel, especially to Egypt and Italy and the great museums of Europe, where she honed her expertise on ancient Egyptian art and culture. Whenever there was a nearby exhibition on ancient Egypt, Elaine was there with a bus tour. Elaine loved and supported the Knoxville Opera and Symphony, and was active in a number of organizations including the American Research Center in Egypt, the Association for the Study of Travel in Egypt and the Near East, The International Association of Egyptologists, the East Tennessee Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, the Candoro Arts & Heritage Center, the Knoxville Philatelic Society, the Torch Club, the Faculty Women's Club, Ossoli, P.E.O. Chapter J, and the East Tennessee Postcard Club. Friends will gather on Sunday, May 6, 4:00 PM at the McClung Museum to name the Egyptian gallery in her honor. Memorial gifts can be made to the Frank H. McClung Museum, 1327 Circle Park Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996-3200 or to the charity of choice.

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Published in Knoxville News Sentinel from Mar. 22 to Mar. 25, 2012.
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March 17, 2019
I enjoy visiting the changing exhibits at the Elaine Altman Evans alcove in UT's Hodges Library, and it is a fitting remembrance of Elaine.
Arnold Cohen
March 16, 2019
RIP Dearest Elaine , we will never forget you
Adel Roufaeil
February 15, 2018
A fine lady whom i met in Alexandria - Egypt by the year 2001 , as her banker by that time she was generous enough to gift me a copy of her book about Egypt with her signature, i am still keeping it .RIP
Adel Roufaeil
June 11, 2013
I have fond memories of Elaine from my days at U.T. She was an encouraging influence for all who met her!
Charlotte Linge
December 5, 2012
shocked by her death , Elaine was a fine lady , i met her in Alexandria - Egypt year 2000 , may her soul rest in peace
Adel Roufaeil
April 19, 2012
Elaine taught me so much in the arts and will be so missed.
Amy Campbell
March 28, 2012
In most of my interactions with Elaine there was a humorous element even when the topic was serious. She had a dry and purposeful wit packaged in an easy spherical style with no hurtful sharp edges. Elaine was a big support for many years to those of us who were active in, and enjoyed, the East Tennessee Society of the AIA. It was somehow fitting that, for her last home, she bought the condo left by Harry Rutledge.
Arnold Cohen
March 27, 2012
I will miss Elaine. We were colleagues at UT for years and whenever we ran into each other we invariably traded warm and funny stories about our childhood in New York City. Tom Heffernan
Thomas Heffernan
March 27, 2012
I credit Elaine for improving my knowledge of Ancient Egypt. I loved the bus trips with her to visit exhibitions. She was a great resource and presence at UT and in the community. I will miss her and her inimitable style.
Rosalind Hackett
March 27, 2012
I was very saddened and shocked by Elaine's sudden death. She and I organized activities for the East Tennessee Society of the Archaeological Institute of America--an organization that she helped to found back in 1973. I especially remember the bus trips we did to archaeological exhibits in Atlanta and Birmingham, AL. She was an excellent tour leader who knew how to make those trips good fun. Thanks to her, we did the return trips in grand style, sipping wine while watching the original "Caesar and Cleopatra." Elaine was a real trooper with an excellent, New York sense of humor. I will miss her dearly.
Aleydis Van de Moortel
March 25, 2012
Elaine was a neighbor in Sequoyah Village Apts.
She was a lovely lady. My Thoughts and prayers are with her family. Sincerely, ,JAne Longmire
Jane L. Giesler
March 23, 2012
I worked with Elaine for 3 years at the McClung Museum, and was saddened to hear of her death. She had the sweetest smile and we shared a love of all things Egypt. May she rest in peace. Linda McMillan
March 22, 2012
So sorry to hear about Elaine's passing.
Victoria Lewelling
March 22, 2012
You will always live in our hearts and prayers.
Rachel Click
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