Obituary: Albert Edwin Evans, Jr. April 1930 – Sept. 21, 2021

ALBERT EDWIN EVANS, JR. April 1930 – Sept. 21, 2021

Albert (Al) Edwin Evans, Jr. of Sugar Land, TX passed away on September 21, 2021, at the age of 91.

Al was born in April 1930 to Gerardine Ogilby and Albert Edwin Evans.

He is survived by his children Keith Evans, Andrea (Joseph) Beck and Hilary Evans; grandchildren Corbin (Alisha) Smith, Shannon (Erik) Johnson, Alexis Evans, Shelby Evans and Edward (Johana) Beck and two great granddaughters, Phalen Smith and Eliana Beck.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Patricia Flynn Evans and his daughter Leslie Evans Smith.

Al was born in Tarrytown, NY, a small city 25 miles north of Manhattan, attended high school in Briarcliff Manor, NY and graduated from Mt. Herman Preparatory School in Massachusetts before entering Yale University. He joined the ROTC at Yale, and after his graduation in 1952, he joined the Air Force and was sent to Ohio State University to do graduate work in nuclear physics. There, he received his master’s degree in physics and met his wife, Patricia Flynn.

They were married on May 12, 1956. In 1957, Al took a position in Baltimore, MD with the Lockheed Martin Nuclear Division where he did experimental work with reactors. At the time, reactors were being developed as small power plants for remote military bases. He remained there for a year and then went to work at the Naval Ordinance Laboratory in Silver Spring, MD, as an experimental physicist. He spent ten years there, where he designed, constructed and operated a Van de Graaff Accelerator, a high-voltage generator. The research became the basis for his Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics, which he received from the University of Maryland in 1965.

In May of 1967 the family moved to Los Alamos, NM, where they lived and raised their children for 19 years. While in Los Alamos, Al worked for the Los Alamos National Laboratory where he conducted research in the development of nuclear instrumentation, nuclear safeguards and reactor operations. He remained there until 1986 when they returned to the East Cost to live in Gaithersburg, MD.

Al worked for the Department of Energy primarily focusing on radiological and nuclear safety until his retirement in 2000.

In total, he spent nearly 50 years working as a nuclear physicist. His research and scholarly publications were used by his peers around the world, contributing greatly to the safety of nuclear energy.

Following his retirement, Al and Pat moved to Sugar Land, TX to be closer to family. Al also served in the Air Force Reserves and retired from the Air Force as a Major.

Al was an Eagle Scout and remained connected to the Boy Scouts of America throughout his life, serving in numerous Pack Leader, Scout Master and District Commissioner roles. The National Court of Honor presented Al with the Silver Beaver Award, recognizing his exceptional character and distinguished service to Scouting and impact on the lives of youth.

In his late teens, he served as a volunteer fireman in Briarcliff Manor, NY. Al was also a volunteer with the Civil Air Patrol throughout his time in Los Alamos. He served as the Los Alamos County Civil Defense Search and Rescue Coordinator for over 15 years and participated in countless search and rescue missions to find lost hikers, campers and visitors in Northern New Mexico. He was a member of the South Texas chapter of the Health Physics Society and served as the Science Teacher Workshop Committee Chairperson, helping to pass on his lifetime of knowledge to the science teachers of South Texas.

Al was a member of the Health Physics Society, American Nuclear Society, American Physical Society, Sigma Xi (The Scientific Research Honor Society) and Sigma Pi Sigma (an American honor society in physics).

He loved to swim, take walks and bird watch, tend his flowers, solve puzzles, listen to music and read. Dogs were constant companions in the Evans household, particularly Cocker Spaniels. Al was also active in the Episcopal Church wherever he lived. Al loved his family and serving his community.

Details of a memorial service will be shared at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts in Al’s memory be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (alz.org) or Boy Scouts of America (https://donations.scouting.org).

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