EVANS, Harold, 1886-1977

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Harold Evans
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Gender: M
Birth date: 26 October 1886
Place of birth: Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Death date: 27 April 1977
Place of death: Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nationality: US
Meeting: Germantown Monthly Meeting
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Spouse(s): Sylvia Hathaway (m., 1914)
Children: 6

Harold Evans (October 26, 1886 - April 27, 1977) was a lawyer and avid service worker, for the American Friends Service Committee and other organizations, from Germantown in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.




Harold Evans was born on October 26, 1886 in Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Jonathan and Rachel Reeve (Cope) Evans. He married Sylvia Hathaway (d. 1968) on May 1, 1914 and had six children. While maintaining a law practice and heavy activity in public service, Evans also was a member of Germantown Monthly Meeting and, from 1944 to 1949, was the Presiding Clerk of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. He died on April 27, 1977 at his home in Germantown.


Harold Evans graduated from Germantown Friends' School in 1903 and in 1907 earned his B.A. from Haverford College. In 1910, he earned his L.L.B. from the University of Pennsylvania. LL.D.s from Wilmginton College and Haverford College came in 1964 and 1968, respectively.

From 1910 to 1960, Evans served as an Overseer of the William Penn Charter School. From 1911 to 1960, he was also President of the Germantown Friends' School Alumni Association. Evans chaired the Philadelphia Emergency Committee on Public Education from 1938 to 1939. Additionally, he served as a member of and legal counsel to the Haverford College Board of Managers from 1943 to 1967 (Emeritus, 1968 until death). Evans was a generous contributor to Haverford.


Harold Evans was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in 1910 and became a partner in the law firm of MacCoy, Evans and Lewis of Philadelphia. From 1936 to 1951, he was also Director of the Mine Hill & Schuykill Haven Railroad Company.

Public service

Harold Evans performed lifelong work on behalf of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). During his life, this included:

  • 1917-70: Served on AFSC Board of Directors (Chair, 1960-63).
  • 1919-20: Member, AFSC war-relief mission to Germany.
  • 1941: Visited Europe with 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).

Additionally, Evans served as a Trustee of the Penn Community Services on St. Helena Island in South Carolina (1921-1961), a member of the Pennsylvania Public Service Commision (1925-1926), Chair of the Philadelphia County Relief Board (1936-1937) and Trustee for the Community Fund of Philadelphia (1937-1943).

In May, 1948, Evans travelled to Palestine on a United Nations appointment as Municipal Commissioner for Jerusalem. In June, he returned to U.S. because heavy fighting prevented his assuming those duties. In 1950, he visited Yugoslavia and Greece on a Cold War fact-finding mission for the AFSC.


  • 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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