In Memoriam (Richard Evans III)
Pediatric allergist Richard Evans III, MD, MPH, professor emeritus of pediatrics, died June 3 in Tucson, Arizona, at age 69. Former head of the Division of Allergy at Children’s Memorial Hospital, Dr. Evans became professor of pediatrics at Northwestern’s medical school in 1987. When he retired in 2003, Dr. Evans was granted emeritus status.
Dr. Evans received his MD degree from the University of Colorado in 1961 and his MPH degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1984. Serving in the U.S. Army Medical Corps from 1960â85, he was a member of the Hopkins faculty before joining Northwestern.
He earned an international reputation for his work in the research and treatment of asthma in inner city children and was a tireless educator on the treatment of childhood asthma through the American Academy of Pediatrics. Colleagues remember him as a wonderful mentor, always a gentleman, an excellent scientist, and a distinguished physician.
Dr. Evans was the author of several articles published in the late 1980s that identified the rising rate of asthma, leading to the Inner City Asthma Studies. His advocacy for children with asthma was carried out through his service to the American Lung Association and becoming a founding member of the Chicago Asthma Consortium. Among his many awards was the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Jerome Glaser Distinguished Service Award presented in 1997.
A memorial service was held at Alice Millar Chapel on Northwestern’s Evanston campus.