Former Engineering Professor Dies

Posted: February 26, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Richard P. Evans, former professor of systems engineering at Mason, died on Monday, Feb. 4. He had been diagnosed with colon cancer last August. Evans was 74 years old.

Evans came to Mason in 1991 as a full-time engineering professor, and later became an adjunct professor. He taught software engineering courses in the Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering, partnering many times with David Rine, professor emeritus at the school. The two taught software engineering students at Mason as well as at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.

“He was a wonderful man, husband and father — with a wonderful mind,” Rine says. “He was always at the very top of his students’ teaching evaluations.”

Evans was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 1937, his family moved to Johannesburg, South Africa, where he grew up and attended school. Before joining Mason, he worked for IBM and was a valued consultant for NASA.

He is survived by his wife, Z. Patricia Evans, five sons and two daughters. He had twenty-nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Two funeral services were held – one on Feb. 8 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in McLean, Va., and the other on Feb. 11, in Provo, Utah.

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