Deceased June 13, 2015

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In Memory

Jim Evans died on June 13, 2015, in Arlington Heights, Ill. He had a degree in chemistry from Amherst and in chemical engineering from MIT. Between his sophomore and junior years, Jim served in the U.S. Marines.

Jim worked for more than 20 years as an environmental engineer for the Gas Research Institute and later the Gas Technology Institute in Des Plaines, Ill. In a recent interview with his granddaughter Claire Gasque, Jim said that the most exciting work he had done was preparation of the document, “Occupational Safety and Health in Coal Gasification Plants,” for the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, which was the first document of its kind in synthetic fuels. He was also proud of participating in the research to prevent environmental damage at Wyoming’s Rocky Mountain Underground Coal Gasification site. This was the first underground coal gasification site ever where there was no pollution of the groundwater.

Jim was an avid science fiction reader and a lifelong cat enthusiast. He loved to spend time with his family, including his cat, Blackie. His children and grandchildren provided the perfect cover so he could keep seeing children’s movies. As boys growing up on a farm, Jim and his brothers were paid at the going rate of Marvel comics—10 cents per hour. Jim never outgrew his love of the action heroes in Marvel comics and loved passing his copies on to his children and grandchildren. He also passed on the tradition of paying allowances based on the price of comic books!

Jim is survived by his wife, Cherryl; children Susan, Richard and Macon Morehouse, Carolynn Gockel and Thomas Crouch; grandchildren Lora, Claire, Henry, Imogen, Nikephoros, Miles, Eirene, Betty Mae and Nektarios; and brothers Bruce and Geoffrey. A third brother, Peter, died in 2014.

Cherryl Evans

50th Reunion

I was one of the Amherst students in the Marine Corps Reserve when the reserve was called up for the Korean War in 1950. I returned after 2 years, completed my sophomore and junior years, then went to MIT on a two-year program, graduating in 1956, My first job was with Consolidation Coal Research in Library, PA, where I worked for 16 years. There I began my career in synthetic fuels starting on the bench to develop coal liquefaction processes, then to concept, proof, and finally to a full size, successful pilot plant in Cresap, WV.

It was during this period that I met and married my first wife, Gretchen Binder, bought my first home in Bethel Park, PA, managed a Christmas tree farm in my spare time, and was divorced. My second wife was Margaret Morehouse, who had 3 children, Susan, Richard, and Macon. We owned homes near Moundsville, WV< then near Wheeling, WV. Somehow we also managed to accumulate 9 horses, whichc at times lived in the back yard.

I left Consol in 1972 and during the next ten years held 10 jobs, including working at EnviroControl being self-employed and a principal of a six-man consulting firm. While at Enviro-Control Marget and I lived on a small farm near Smithsburg, MD, until we were divorced.

I moved to Bethesda, MD and there met Cherryl Crouch and her children, Carolynn and Thomas. Cherryl and I were married in 1982, to my great fortune, and remain together to this day. I am very proud of all of my stepchildren.

In 1982 I obtained a job as Senior Program Manager in the environmental department of a new not-for-profit-research company for the natural gas industry, Gas Research Institute. We moved to Arlington Heights, IL. This was a dream job for an Amherst graduate, a chemical engineer, and a person who wanted to be on the front edge of research. Of the projects I managed the most satisfying was directing the successful environmental portion of an underground coal gasification test in Wyoming in such a manner that there were no adverse environmental effects. This is truly technology for the future. I left GRI in 2001. While there I published 232 reports of research, authored or coauthored 132 papers and managed the development of 23 computer programs.

Currently I am semi-retired, doing some consulting and am a part time Senior Research Advisor for the Energy & Environmental Research Center of the University of North Dakota.