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William Wilder Evans
October 1, 1907 – October 7, 1963 









     Our late brother, William Wilder Evans, would not have approved an effusive eulogy. I will not present one. He was born in Chevy Chase, Montgomery County, on October 1, 1907, and attended public schools in the District of Columbia. From 1926 to 1930 he attended the University of Maryland. While there he began to prove himself a man of extraordinary and diversified talents. He became captain of the University basketball team, quarterback on the football team, and served two years on the all-American lacrosse team. He was admitted to Omicron Delta Kappa, a national fraternity with high requirements for proven academic excellence, journalism, social activities as well as leadership in athletics; a membership in Kappa Alpha, a social fraternity. A plaque in the State of Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame reads: 

                “This is to certify that William Wilder Evans has been awarded membership in the Maryland

                Athletic Hall of Fame for his outstanding attainments in football, basketball and lacrosse and is

                Awarded this certificate in recognition thereof – December 2, 1961”. 

He continued on to earn a masters degree in English and graduate from the George Washington Law School in 1934. 

     After graduation from law school he began practice in the Brosius Building in Rockville. Meanwhile he entered the political arena by publishing “The Independent”, a weekly county paper, which staunchly supported the principles and ideals of conservative democracy, and he remained a conservative democrat. On March 21, 1941, “Moon”, as he was known to his intimates, married Margaret Harriss and born to them were Starke M. Evans and Deborah H. Evans. 

     In October, 1942, he entered the United States Marine Corps as a Second Lieutenant and served in the South Pacific. His service included duty as Communications Officer with the Third Marine Air Wing for which he received the Marine Commendation Ribbon. He was honorably discharged a Captain in December, 1945, and in January, 1946, reopened his law office in the Brosius Building which he maintained until his death. 

     His strong convictions required loyalty to the law as it was declared to be and he was not one to twist it to fit every new theory. Many a lawyer and judge have noted his tenacity and persistence in expounding a position. When convinced of his case, he was a tireless and formidable opponent. 

     He was a family man who did not let his practice or strong political convictions interfere with his family life. It was part of his philosophy to put family, home and country first. 

     If the Court please, I offer this minute in memory of William Wilder Evans, for the Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland.

                                                                                                 Respectfully submitted,  

                                                                                                ROBERT E. BULLARD