Phil Evans, Evening Sun editor, dies

He directed coverage of Baltimore riots of 1968

  • Philip Evans
Philip Evans
May 17, 2011|By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun

Phil Evans, city editor of the old Evening Sun during the 1960s, died of cancer May 8 at his Silver Spring home. He was 77 and had lived in Roland Park.

Born Philip Morgan Evans in New York City and raised on a Dorchester County farm, he graduated from the Peddie School in Hightstown, N.J. He studied for a semester at Yale University.

He later drove a truck in Morocco in North Africa and served in the Army. He joined the Associated Press in Salisbury and worked in West Virginia before joining The Evening Sun as a reporter. He became the paper's city editor and was later an assistant managing editor.

"Phil did a fine job as city editor directing coverage for The Evening Sun during the chaotic Baltimore riots of April 1968," said a newsroom colleague, Ernest Imhoff. "It was a time of thousands of arrests, multiple fires, looting, six deaths, curfew for four nights and great uncertainty and fear.

"Phil did well with a firm control over things in the newsroom. He was a charismatic and popular guy with a good news sense, sharp skill working with people, imagination and sense of humor."

Mr. Evans was later an editor at the Annapolis Evening Capital, the Philadelphia Bulletin, The Washington Star and The Washington Times. From 1985 to 1993, he was owner and editor of Annapolitan Magazine.

He was later a consultant to an international crisis management firm and was communications director for "Fight Crime: Invest in Kids," a Washington, D.C., anti-crime initiative, and was a consultant to the National Institute for Early Education Research.

Mr. Evans enjoyed playing tennis.

A memorial reception will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Holeman Lounge of the National Press Club, 529 14th St. N.W. in downtown Washington.

Survivors include his wife of 10 years, Dini Stewart; a daughter, Leslie Evans of Ocean Pines; and a grandson. His marriages to Shirley Ward and Carol Ness ended in divorce.

jacques.kelly@baltsun.com

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