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In Memoriam, Joseph T. Evans, Ph.D. '43

In Memoriam, Joseph T. Evans, Ph.D. '43
Joseph T. Evans, Ph.D. '43

Joseph T. Evans, Ph.D., of Swoyersville, died peacefully at home Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, at the age of 91.

Born June 7, 1922, in Larksville and raised in Kingston, he was a 1940 graduate of Kingston High School and a 1943 graduate of The University of Scranton. He received a Master of Science degree in Microbiology in 1950 and a Ph.D. in parasitology from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., in 1952. 

He was a veteran of World War II, where he fought in the Pacific Theater as a U.S. Marine in the 1st Division, 5th Regiment, participating in the invasion of Pelelieu and Okinawa. 

Joseph was employed as a lab assistant at The University of Scranton from 1946 to 1948. He was the chief bacteriologist at the VA Hospital in Wilkes-Barre from 1952 to 1953.

From 1953 to 1996 he was employed by The University of Scranton as a professor of biology. He was also the premedical advisor at that time. He was recipient of the Kathryn and Bernard Hyland Chair in Biology Award, a 1988 O’Hara Award for University Service and numerous other awards. 

Dr. Evans was always interested in the lives of his former students even outside the classroom. He enjoyed seeing them throughout the years, as they would visit him on many occasions. Through his guidance and dedication to his students over the years, many men and women are physicians today. 

More than 1,500 physicians, dental and veterinary alumni were students during Dr. Evans’ tenure at the University. Family physician Dr. Patrick Kerrigan ’80, a member of the staff of the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital for the past 27 years, said he speaks for many when he says that Dr. Evans prepared him for the medical school application process in a very thorough yet gentle manner. Dr. Kerrigan said he and other alumni are grateful for Dr. Evans’ professional guidance, which led to successful careers in the medical profession.

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