EVANS, Harold, 1886-1977

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  • Name: Harold Evans
  • Alternative names:
  • Gender: M
  • Birth date: 26 October 1886
  • Place of birth: Germantown, Pa.
  • Nationality: US
  • Spouse(s): Sylvia Hathaway (m., 1914)
  • Children: 6
  • Meeting:
  • Branch:
  • Disowned date: --
  • Death date: 27 April 1977
  • Place of death: Germantown
  • Works by:

Lifelong work on behalf of the American Friends Service Committee.
b. 26 October 1886, Germantown, Pennsylvania. Son of Jonathan and Rachel Reeve (Cope) Evans.
ed. 1903, graduated Germantown Friends' School; 1907, B.A., Haverford College; 1910, L.L.B., University of Pennsylvania; 1964, LL.D., Wilmington College; 1968, LL.D., Haverford College.
m. 1 May 1914, Sylvia Hathaway (d. 1968). 6 Children.
1910, Admitted to Pennsylvania Bar.
1911-60, Overseer, William Penn Charter School.
1915-17, President, Germantown Friends' School Alumni Association.
1917-70, Served American Friends' Service Committee Board of Directors. (Chair, 1960-63).
1919-20, Member, AFSC war-relief mission to Germany.
1921-61, Trustee, Penn Community Services, St. Helena Island, South Carolina. (Emeritus, 1969-d.)
1925-26, Member, Pennsylvania Public Service Commission.
1936-37, Chair, Philadelphia County Relief Board.
1936-51, Director, Mine Hill & Schuylkill Haven Railroad Company.
1937-43, Trustee, Community Fund of Philadelphia.
1938-39, Chair, Philadelphia Emergency Committee on Public Education.
1940, 1944-49, Presiding Clerk, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.
1941, Visited Europe under AFSC to carry out an unofficial study of food-flow to occupied zones and of ways to bring peace.
1941-46, Member, AFSC Civilian Public Service Section. (Chair, 1942-43.)
1943-67, Member, Haverford College Board of Managers. (Emeritus, 1968-d.)
1948, May, Travelled to Palestine on United Nations appointment as Municipal Commissioner for Jerusalem. June, Returned to U.S. because heavy fighting prevented his assuming duties as Municipal Commissioner.
1950, Visited Yugoslavia and Greece on a Cold War fact-finding mission for AFSC.

Member, Germantown Monthly Meeting, Philadelphia; Law firm of MacCoy, Evans, and Lewis of Philadelphia; Phi Beta Kappa. Legal Counsel to Haverford College Board of Managers. Generous contributor to Haverford College.

d. 27 April 1977, at his home in Germantown. Age 90.

AFSC News Release. April 29, 1977.
Biographical Catalog of the Matriculates of Haverford College. Philadelphia, 1922. p. 485.
Germantown Friends' School Alumni Directory, 1982. pp. 10, 65.
Germantown Monthly Meeting: List of Members, September 1976. p. 7.
New York Times. Late City Edition. May 14, 1948. p. 1, col. 6; June 22, 1948. p. 13, col. 7.
Philadelphia Inquirer. April 30, 1977. p. 5-B.
Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine. February 28, 1960. 6-7.
Quaker Life. 18 (June, 1977) 32.
Who's Who in America. 39th ed. (1976-77) Vol. I, p.947

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