Dryhurst G. Evans, 94, Red Cross official

July 31, 2000|By Tanika White | Tanika White,SUN STAFF

Dryhurst G. Evans, a retired field director for the American Red Cross, died Thursday at Stella Maris Hospice in Lutherville of complications from a stroke. He was 94.

Mr. Evans was born in Holyhead, Wales, in 1905. The family, including a younger brother, Gwilym, came to the United States in 1908, when Mr. Evans' father was asked to head Welsh Mead Street Baptist Church in Wilkes-Barre, Pa

Mr. Evans graduated in 1924 from Wilkes-Barre High School, where he was a sprinter on the track team. He attended Oberlin College.

He married Anneliese Lehmann, a stage actress who was a native of Heidelberg, Germany, in 1950. Mrs. Evans died in 1985.

He began his career in social work with the Pennsylvania Department of Employment Services and joined the American Red Cross in its Service to Military Installations Unit in 1939. As field director, he was stationed in Iceland, India, China, Germany, Austria, Korea and Thailand, as well as cities throughout the United States.

His responsibilities as field director were vital to the military's operations, family members said.

"He was in charge of all the operations you would think of in civilian life that have to do with social work," said his daughter, Dr. Catherine Evans of Baltimore.

He oversaw arrangements for visits to sick or injured servicemen, helped them with their budgets and headed up the counseling of servicemen and officers. After his retirement from the Red Cross in 1970, Mr. Evans resumed work as a psychiatric social worker in a community hospital in the Wilkes-Barre area.

In 1988, after the birth of his granddaughter, Mr. Evans moved to Baltimore to be near his family.

He helped with baby-sitting and other chores and was always available if needed, his daughter said. "He was an incredibly vital and energetic person and an essential part of our family."

He lived in the Govans and Belvedere Square areas.

Mr. Evans was active in the home outreach program of his church, Trinity Assembly of God, 2122 W. Joppa Road, and as a hospice volunteer at Stella Maris.

Family members said Mr. Evans was greatly respected for his professionalism and compassion, receiving a number of commendations from the military for his work.

"When he left one post, he was given a full military parade and a commendation from the Department of the Army," his daughter said.

She said the other volunteers at Stella Maris have, since his death, praised Mr. Evans for his dedication.

"They have all spoken in deep admiration and respect for not only the volunteer work that he did with patients, but also the role model that he was," Dr. Evans said. "He was really very inspiring."

Sarah Cocks, a nurse at Stella Maris, said that long after the other volunteers left for the day, Mr. Evans would stay with patients.

"He'd just go in and hold their hands and help them eat their dinner," she said. "He was really very gentle, and he was a big help to us."

He remained active at Stella Maris until his stroke in June.

Services are being arranged by Jenkins Funeral Home, 4905 York Road.

Mr. Evans is survived by his daughter and granddaughter, Anna, also of Baltimore.

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