Tommy Nicholas Evans, MD

Tommy N. Evans


Tommy N. Evans, MD died at his home in Scottsdale on February 2, 2008.  His lovely wife of 63 years, Jo, was at his bedside.  Dr. Evans was born in Batesville Arkansas in 1922.  He attended Mars Hill College, Duke University, Baylor and graduated in 1945 from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.  He then served in the United States Navy for two years.  Upon discharge he resumed his training at the University of Michigan, ultimately staying there for 20 years and rising to the rank of full professor.  In 1965 he was appointed the Professor and Chairman of OB/GYN at Wayne State University, a position he held until 1982.  Following his time at Wayne State University he relocated to the University of Colorado where he remained until his retirement.  He then  moved to Scottsdale where he was affiliated with Good Samaritan Hospital where he was active in medical student and resident education.

Dr. Evans had an enormous impact at Wayne State University.  He served as the Dean of the Medical School from 1970 through 1972.    During his tenure as Chairman the C.S. Mott Center for Human Growth and Development was built.  Dr. Evans served as its founding director, holding that position until 1983.  Tommy was an outstanding clinician and an outstanding teacher.  His patient and surgical rounds were legendary.

Throughout his career, Dr. Evans, was an active clinical researcher.  He was deeply involved in research designed to improve the quality of human reproduction and the prevention of birth defects.  In total he published over 150 articles and books.  In 1974 the March of Dimes National Foundation identified him as the Humanitarian of the Year.

Dr. Evans was widely recognized for his organizational and scientific abilities.  He served as President of the Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Gynecologic Society, the Norman Miller Society and the American Gynecologic and Central Travel Clubs.   He represented the United States and served as a permanent member of the Executive Board of F.I.G.O.   He was an examiner for the American Board of OB/GYN for 17 years and an original examiner for the Divisions of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Endocrinology.

He is survived by his wife Jessica Osment (Jo), daughter Laura her husband Dan Perin along with countless students, residents and colleagues.  He will be greatly missed.

Submitted by John M Malone Jr MD

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