Call Number: SC1163
Evans, J. Martin (John Martin), 1935-2013.
Title: J. Martin Evans papers
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John Martin Evans was born in Cardiff, Wales, on Feb. 2, 1935. After a two-year stint working in military intelligence for
the Royal Air Force from 1953 to 1955, Evans attended Oxford, where he received his BA in 1958 from Jesus College, and his
MA and DPhil from Merton College in 1963. At Oxford, his thesis advisor was Dame Helen Gardner, the doyenne of 17th-century
studies. Under her guidance, he began a lifelong career in Milton studies. Gardner was influential in other ways: She convinced
Evans to apply to Stanford when the academic job market in Britain was so poor that 250 scholars with doctorates in English
were competing for two university positions.
Evans was offered the job, and immediately flew to Switzerland and proposed to Mariella Lafranchi, whom he had met at Oxford.
He didn't know half her family had emigrated to California decades before; Evans moved into a large extended family in the
United States and never looked back.
In 2004, the Milton Society of America named him as a prestigious "honored scholar" for lifetime achievement.
He hosted a 400th birthday party for John Milton in 2008, with a marathon reading of Paradise Lost – some called it a "Martinfest."
The event reunited many of his former students from across the United States and Canada.
At his death, he was in his 50th year of teaching at Stanford. He held many awards for his teaching and service, including
the Bing Award for teaching (1992), the Richard W. Lyman Award (1990) and the Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching (1984).
The 1987 Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching cited "the magnificence of his teaching at all levels of the department
curriculum" and "the passion about literature that infuses all his teaching and writing."
Evans was associate dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences (1977-81), director of undergraduate studies (1983-86) and
chair of the English Department (1988-91). He was named the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor in 2002.
He was a champion of the humanities, and passionate in their defense: "The humanist's material is not a mysterious concatenation
of natural phenomena or a mass of raw statistical data waiting to be given significance by the ordering mind of the analyst,"
he wrote in a 2009 article in Stanford magazine.
Evans was survived by his wife of almost 50 years, Mariella Evans of Stanford; his daughter Jessica Evans, his son-in-law
Yung Duong and grandson, Owen Evans-Duong, all of Oakland; and his daughter Joanna Evans and son-in-law David Harris of Ojai,
Cynthia Haven http://news.stanford.edu/news/2013/february/martin-evans-obit-021513.html
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