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April 26, 1999


Kansas University All-American Ray Evans is remembered as a generous and loyal supporter of KU.

A former chairman of the Kansas Board of Regents and the only two-sport All-American in history at Kansas University was remembered for his contributions both on and off the field.

Ray Evans, former regents chair and past president of the KU Alumni Association, died Saturday at age 76 at his Prairie Village home.

"He's just such a great, great man -- so loyal, so dedicated. We'll all miss him terribly," said Dick Wintermote, former executive director of the alumni association.

"I don't think there's probably anyone who was a more loyal supporter of the university," Chancellor Robert Hemenway said. "... Our thoughts and prayers really go out to the family."

Evans was named an All-American in basketball in 1943 and an All-American in football in 1947, making him one of few college athletes to have attained the honor in two sports.

After serving as a lieutenant in the Army Air Corps during World War II, he graduated from KU in 1947.

A banker and civic leader, Evans worked at Traders National Bank until 1975.

He was appointed by President Eisenhower to serve on the National Council on Youth Fitness.

He served as a trustee and president of the KU Alumni Association. He also was a trustee for the KU Endowment Association.

He was awarded the Distinguished Service Citation in 1969 and the Fred Ellsworth Medallion in 1976.

The Fred Ellsworth Medallion is given by the alumni association for unique and significant service to KU.

The Distinguished Service Citation, also given by the alumni association, is KU's highest award.

"Ray has served the university well as a trustee of the KU Endowment Association for many years," said Jim Martin, president of the association. "He enthusiastically supported his university and encouraged others to recognize that private support would make the difference between a good and a truly great center of learning."

Evans, whose interested in higher education extended statewide, was appointed to the Kansas Board of Regents and served that body from 1954 to 1966.

Across the state line, he was instrumental in bringing the Kansas City Chiefs to Kansas City, Mo., and was a former director, president and chairman of the board for the American Royal in Kansas City, Mo.

Mostly, however, Evans will be remembered as a Jayhawk.

"Not very many of our people have been All-Americans in both sports," Wintermote said. "He's just an All-American Jayhawk in nonathletic things too."

Services for Evans will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Agnes Church, 5139 Mission Rd., Fairway. A private burial will be held later.

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  • An obituary for Ray Evans appears on page 3B.
  • Evans' athletic accomplishments. Page 1C.
  • Bill Mayer pays tribute to Ray Evans. Page 3C.

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