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Gerald (Jerry) Evans

October 29, 1940 ~ May 8, 2019 (age 78)

Gerald (Jerry) Monty Evans died peacefully on May 8, 2019.

He was born on October 29, 1940 in Houston to parents James Timothy Evans and Gladys Gerland Evans.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas, where he was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity.  In 1969 he also earned a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Houston. Jerry then accepted the principalship of a Title I elementary school. As a result of that experience, he became particularly interested in the field of Special Education, to which he devoted his remaining life’s mission.

Jerry was a longtime member of the President’s Committee for the Employment of the Handicapped. He served for several  years as a trustee of the Vocational Guidance Center of Houston. In 1992, he was appointed by the U.S. Department of Education  to advise the government of Hungary  on providing educational services in the new society  following the downfall of the Soviet Union.  He resided in Budapest for two years. He also coordinated educational  services for cognitively and physically disabled individuals at the Human Resources Development Institute in Washington, DC, and became Executive Director of the Institute for Career Development, the position from which he retired in 2012.

Jerry was a longtime member of the Church of St. John the Divine in Houston and served on the associate vestry. He was also one of the founders and longtime member of the board of trustees at Episcopal High School.

He is survived by his wife Mattie; daughter Adrienne and her husband David Williams, and grandchildren Dalton, Everett and Elizabeth, all of Corpus Christi, Texas; son Andrew and his wife Molly, and grandchildren McGregor and Russell, all of Houston; and daughter Caroline and her husband Dennis Rothacker II, of Houston.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the workers who took care of him in his final days, particularly Dr. Khawaja and Dr. Siddiqui and the ICU B staff at Memorial Hermann Hospital Southwest.

Friends are invited to visit the with the family on May 13, 2019 at Bradshaw-Carter Funeral Home, 1734 West Alabama Street in Houston, from 6 to 8 PM.

 

A memorial service will be conducted on May 14, 2019 at the Chapel of St. John the Divine, 2450 River Oaks Boulevard in Houston, at 1 PM.

 

In lieu of flowers the family respectfully requests memorial contributions be sent to Autism Speaks (www.autismspeaks.org) or the charity of your choice.

 

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