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Tommy Nicholas

Tommy Nicholas Evans, M.D., Physician and Educator, was born in Batesville, Arkansas in 1922 and died in his Scottsdale home, a much beloved man, with Jo, his wife of 63 years, by his side. He attended Mars Hill College, Duke and Baylor Universities and graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 1945. Following two years as a U.S. Navy Medical Officer, he did an Internship at The University of Michigan where he remained for 20 years, becoming Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1960.

In 1965, he left Ann Arbor to become Professor and Chairman of OB/GYN at Wayne State University and, simultaneously, was Dean of the School of Medicine from 1970 to 1972. Dr. Evans was Founder and Director of the C.S. Mott Center for Human Growth and Development in the Detroit Medical Center, 1974 to 1983. He served as an examiner for the American Board of OB/GYN for 17 years and was an original examiner for the Divisions of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Endocrinology.

Dr. Evans served as President of the following organizations: The American Gynecologic Society; the American College of OB/GYN; the Central Association of OB/GYN; the Michigan Society of OB/GYN; the Norman Miller Society; and the American Gynecologic and Central Travel Clubs. He represented the U.S. as a permanent member of the Executive Board of the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics, (F.I.G.O). He was a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and served as a member of its Board of Governors. Dr. Evans was a member of the Editorial Boards of 5 scientific journals, and authored or coauthored 150 articles and books. He was deeply involved in research designed to improve the quality of human reproduction, especially in the prevention of birth defects. In 1974, the March of Dimes National Foundation identified him as the Humanitarian of the Year.

During his semiretirement years in Arizona, Dr. Evans was affiliated with Good Samaritan Hospital, a period which he adored. He is survived by his wife, Jessica Osment, (Jo), daughter Laura and son-in-law Dan Perin, along with a host of former medical students throughout the world.