Francis Cope Evans
Francis Cope Evans, retired ecologist and professor emeritus of
biological sciences, died on Aug. 16 following a short illness.
He was 87.
Francis Evans was born in Phildelphia Dec. 2, 1914. He was educated
at Germantown Friends School and Haverford College. He participated
in the first group of the Experiment in International Living, spending
a summer in Germany in 1932.
Upon graduation from Haverford in 1936, he was named a Rhodes
Scholar and studied at Oxford University (Oriel College) with ecologist
Charles Elton, earning a D.Phil. In 1939, he returned to the United
States to pursue a career of research and teaching of zoology, specializing
in ecology. He held fellowships and assistantships at the University
of California (U-C), Berkeley, the Hooper Foundation in San Francisco
and U-C, Davis. He was called back to Haverford in 1943 to serve
on the teaching faculty, and as acting dean in 1944.
In 1948, Francis joined the faculty of U-M and was appointed a
professor of zoology in 1959. During his tenure at Michigan, he
served as associate director of the E.S. George Reserve and as editor
of publications of the Museum of Zoology.
Upon his retirement in 1982, he was named emeritus professor and
served in 1983 as president of the Ecological Society of America,
from which he received the Distinguished Service Award in 1987.
Francis was a member of the American Association for the Advancement
of Science, to which he was elected a fellow; the British Ecological
Society; the American Society of Naturalists and the Society of
the Study of Evolution. He also was a member of the Religious Society
of Friends (Quakers).
Francis met his wife, Rachel Worthington Brooks of Milton, Mass.,
during college, when she was at Bryn Mawr. They married in 1942
and had four children: Kenneth Richardson Evans (Mary May) of Hurley,
N.Y., the Rev. Katharine Cope Evans of Wakefield, Mass., Edward
Wyatt Evans II (Deborah Dawson) of Logan, Utah and Dr. Rachel Howe
Evans (Steven Julius) of Tempe, Ariz. He had five grandchildren.
A service to celebrate Francis life will be held at St.
Andrews Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division St., Ann
Arbor at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28, with a reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Robert Whittaker
Travel Fund of the Ecological Society of America, 1707 H St., NW,
Suite 400, Washington, D.C., 20006, or to the U-M Matthaei Botanical
Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105.
Submitted by the Rev. Katharine Cope Evans, daughter
Vincent Massey, the J. Lawrence Oncley Distinguished University
Professor of Biological Chemistry, died Aug. 26. He was 75.
Massey was known as one of the outstanding biochemists of his
generation. He joined the U-M Medical School in 1963 and remained
active there until his death.
Massey was recognized nationally and abroad as a scientist whose
research focused on the biological oxidation mechanisms of proteins
that contain riboflavin (vitamin B2). He was thought to be the foremost
authority in this field. His scholarly investigations are considered
models of originality, precision and integrity.
Masseys contributions to his discipline include research,
as well as the training and mentorship of many talented scientists
who now are making their own contributions in the field of biological
chemistry. Many undergraduate students and postdoctoral scholars
also have benefited from his example as a scientist and teacher.
He received his bachelors degree in 1947 from the University
of Sidney in Australia. After earning a doctorate in biochemistry
from the University of Cambridge in England in 1953, he held several
post-doctoral appointments before joining the U-M Medical School
He was elected to the Royal Society of London in 1977, and in
1979 was the first recipient of the U-M Biomedical Research Distinguished
Lectureship. From 19751980, he was a senior fellow of the
Michigan Society of Fellows, and in 1984 he received the Distinguished
Faculty Achievement Award from the University.
He was chosen to be the 1995 Henry Russel Lecturer, the highest
honor the University bestows on a senior member of its faculty.
In the same year, he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
The Biochemical Society of Great Britain awarded Massey the Harden
Medal in 1999. A recipient of the Humboldt award, he was a permanent
guest professor at the University of Konstanz in Germany and a guest
lecturer at several American universities.
He is survived by his wife, Margot; brother, Sonny; three children,
Rachel, Charlotte, and Andrew (and Janice); and by four grandchildren,
Brittany, Erik, Daniel and Owen. Gifts in honor of Massey can be
directed to establish the Vincent Massey Endowed Professorship,
and sent to the Department of Biological Chemistry, U-M Medical
School, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0606.
Submitted by Mary Beth Reilly, Medical School Communications