Evans PhD, John PoppyMarch 12, 2018 John Lewis Evans Sr, PhD, of Winter Springs, Florida, died peaceably March 11, 2018, at 4:45 PM, with his devoted wife Barbara at his side. The inveterate history professor at UCF was 87. He is survived by 5 daughters - Banning Radler, Catharine Grigsby, Annabelle Stiffler, Atlee Swartz, Annie Bieschke, and son, John Jr. He has 18 thriving grandchildren. Further, to culminate, or catalyze, his legacy, he has 4 great grandchildren and counting. Since 1971, when Poppy took a job at UCF (then FTU), he has been predicting success for Knight football teams. Moreover, since his days at The Haverford School, he loved the Philadelphia Eagles. What a perfect year for the die-hard fan to make his exit. Maybe this is the year of his beloved Phillies too? Dr Evans attended Yale, and went on to earn a Master's degree from Georgetown, and a PhD from the Univ of North Carolina. He served in the Korean War and learned Russian at the Army Language School in Monterey. He authored 7 books, and his educational tours of Russia were a thing of legend. But it was family that mattered most - sine qua non. Service will be held at St Stephen Catholic Community, Winter Springs, March 24, 10 AM. We love you Poppy.
Published in Orlando Sentinel from Mar. 16 to Mar. 18, 2018.