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Evans, Lawrence Gove Age 76, died Sunday November 20, 2011 at St. Anthony hospital in Chicago. Lawrence, for forty years a professor in the English Department at Northwestern University, was born on June 29, 1935 in Waterbury, CT to Roswell H. Evans Sr. and Ruth Gove Evans. He grew up in Morris Plains, NJ, graduating from Morristown H.S. in 1952 as Valedictorian. Lawrence attended Bates College with a full tuition scholarship and received his B.A. in English and Philosophy in 1956. During his days at Bates, he was named Phi Beta Kappa in his junior year and rated the first-ranking male student all four years. He did his graduate work at Harvard University, receiving an M.A. in English in 1957 and a Ph.D. in 1961 with a dissertation titled "Some Letters of Walter Pater." His honors at Harvard included a University Scholarship (1956-57); a Leman Scholarship; a two-time Charles Dexter Fellowship (1959, 1960); and the Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship (1960-1961). His teaching career began during graduate school as a Teaching Fellow (1957-1960), and after receiving his doctorate he taught at Harvard as an instructor of English until 1962.In 1962, Lawrence accepted a position as Instructor at Northwestern University. He was promoted to Assistant Professor in 1963, and to Associate Professor in 1971. At Northwestern, Lawrence taught courses in the English Department ranging from freshman seminars and introductory English literatures courses to graduate seminars in his area of interest, late Victorian literature, and served on numerous doctoral committees. He coordinated Northwestern University's Evening Divisions' English courses starting in 1969, and was the Director of Undergraduate Studies in English. In addition to his teaching duties, he participated as a member of the Undergraduate and Graduate Committees of the English Department, on the General Faculty Committee, and served on the Budget and Resources Advisory Committee. He was a faculty associate at Willard Residential College (1980), and held a leadership position in the American Association of University Professors. In 1968 he was a Visiting Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He took a leave of absence from Northwestern in 1975-1976 to research the relationship between Victorian church history and literature. His edited Letters of Walter Pater was published in 1970 (Oxford). He retired from Northwestern University in 2001, and was elected to emeritus status on September 1, 2001. Lawrence was never married and leaves no children. He is survived by his younger brother, Roswell Jr. of Monroe Twp., NJ. Service for Lawrence were private. Info Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home 773-736-3833 or visit Lawrence's Memorial at www.smithcorcoran.com.
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Published in Chicago Sun-Times on Nov. 27, 2011
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