Jack Evans

[Age 87] The mechanical engineer worked at Goddard Space Flight Center.

August 16, 2007

Jack Evans, a retired mechanical engineer and former Rockdale resident, died Friday of Parkinson's disease at a health care center in Rock Hill, S.C. He was 87.

Mr. Evans was born and raised in Crumpler, W.Va. He earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from West Virginia University in 1946.

After earning his master's degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University in 1949, he went to work for Monroe Auto Equipment in Michigan.

He came to Baltimore in the early 1950s when he took a job at Rheem Manufacturing Co. in Sparrows Point where water heaters were manufactured. After working for Bendix Frieze in Towson, he joined Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River in 1955.

Mr. Evans' field was pressure vessels and vibrations, and he was assigned to the Titan rocket program.

He spent the last 25 years of his career at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, where he designed and constructed Syncom satellites.

After retiring in 1985, he moved to Cocoa Beach, Fla., where he was a consultant at the Kennedy Space Flight Center. Since 1996, he had lived in Rock Hill.

He had been a member of the Lochearn Swim Club and Epworth United Methodist Church.

"He was a regular neighborhood Mr. Fix-it. That was his hobby, fixing things," said a daughter, April E. Evans of Baltimore.

Mr. Evans was a member of Neely's Creek Presbyterian Church in Rock Hill, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Also surviving are his wife of 65 years, the former Lillian Gardner; another daughter, Laura L. Evans of Columbia; a brother, Charles W. Evans of Sylacauga, Ala.; and two grandsons.

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