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accents on english | fall 18-spring 19

John X. Evans (1933-2018)

Editors’ note: Portions of this remembrance were drawn from an Arizona Republic obituary published on December 4, 2018.

 John X. Evans at a Department of English function in 2004John X. “Jack” Evans, a professor emeritus in the Department of English at ASU, passed away on December 1, 2018.

Previously on the faculty at the University of Notre Dame and Middlebury College, Evans was a member of the literature faculty at ASU, where he “influenced countless generations of students.”

He was deeply spiritual. Evans attended daily mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish and was a coordinator in the City of the Lord Catholic Charismatic Community. He was an impactful mentor. A friend and former student of Evans’s, retired UCLA faculty member and ASU alum Bill Creasy (BA 1975; MA 1977), shared a remembrance of Evans’s religious and academic leadership on his bible podcast.

A visitation, mass and burial were held in early December in Tempe.


Image: John X. Evans at a Department of English function in 2004. Photo by Faye Verska.