Col. Henry C. Evans Jr., 78, Army officer, dog trainer

September 04, 2006|By Nia-Malika Henderson | Nia-Malika Henderson,sun reporter

Col. Henry Cotheal Evans Jr., a career Army officer and decorated veteran of two wars who raised golden retrievers and had been active in dog shows in the Baltimore area, died of lymphoma Wednesday at Capital Hospice in Fairfax, Va. He was 78.

A Baltimore native and 1946 graduate of Loyola High School, he attended Georgetown University for two years and graduated in 1951 from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

In 1952, he was deployed to Korea and served in combat.

Two years later, he married Mary-Agnes Donnelly Moore, whom he had met at a church wedding in Mount Washington.

"He was just home from Korea, and he was a very handsome young man and had a future in the Army," Mrs. Evans said yesterday. "It was just kind of love at first sight."

FOR THE RECORD - An obituary in Monday's editions of The Sun incorrectly stated the time of services for Col. Henry Cotheal Evans Jr. His Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10:45 a.m. Oct. 31 at Arlington National Cemetery. The Sun regrets the error.

The couple moved to Germany with their son in 1958 when Colonel Evans was assigned there as a battery commander. The couple had two daughters and another son before leaving Germany in 1961.

Colonel Evans graduated from the Army's Command and General Staff Course in 1962, and moved his family to Tucson, Ariz., where he studied aeronautical engineering at the University of Arizona. He then worked at the Pentagon for three years, overseeing Army flight instruction.

His next assignment was in Vietnam, commanding a 4th Infantry Division medium and heavy artillery battalion in combat. His decorations there included the Bronze Star, two Air Medals, and the Vietnamese Gold Star Medal.

In 1970, Colonel Evans graduated from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at Fort McNair in Washington. In the Office of the Army Chief of Research and Development, he became involved in development of the self-propelled howitzer.

From 1972 to 1976, he was stationed in Italy and Germany, and then he returned to the Pentagon as a division chief in the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

"We moved 21 times and had a very nice life wherever we were," Mrs. Evans said.

Colonel Evans retired from the Army in 1977 and began working in aerospace engineering in Denver and Colorado Springs, Colo., with Martin Marietta Corp. His love of golden retrievers dated to that time, the family said.

"My father had two passions: the military, which was an expression of his sense of duty, and the other was animals," said his son Daniel D. Evans of Baltimore. "Even as a boy, he raised homing pigeons and gave them to a military division. He trained them so well, they kept coming back to the house."

Colonel Evans participated in the Westminster Dog Show at New York's Madison Square Garden, his son said.

In 1996, Colonel Evans and his family moved back to Baltimore, where he was a member of the Maryland Gunpowder River Golden Retriever Club. He often judged dog shows and earned American Kennel Club titles for his own dogs in obedience, tracking and agility trials, his son said.

Colonel Evans had also been an avid runner and participated in 17 marathons, and over the years, he remained involved with his West Point class, his son said.

"He would travel to funerals and was in charge of sending flowers to fallen classmates' family," said his son. "And almost every year, he'd go to the Army-Navy game, wherever it was."

A Mass of Christian burial and interment are planned for 11:45 a.m. Oct. 31 at Arlington National Cemetery.

Survivors also include another son, Henry C. Evans III of Lawton, Okla.; three daughters, Elizabeth E. Hardner of Fullerton, Calif., Edith E. Hyatt of Fairfax Station, Va., and Mary-Agnes E. Moreland of Baltimore; and 10 grandchildren.

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