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Educator’s life guided by intelligence, humor

Chris Togneri
| Sunday, April 14, 2013 12:01 a.m

Timothy Evans showed signs at an early age that he possessed the talent needed for a successful career in education, his sister says.

But the Mt. Lebanon native never gave his family any inkling that his educational pursuits would lead him into the monastic life as a Benedictine monk.

“My brother was very smart — things came easy to him, and his grades were always off the charts,” said Sally Evans of Scott. “I think he was destined to be a teacher, and he really did become an excellent one.”

Timothy E. Evans of the North Side died on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 after a decade-long battle with cancer. He was 62.

After graduating in 1980 from Point Park College, Downtown, Mr. Evans went to St. Vincent College in Latrobe to join the Benedictine order, his sister said.

“Tim read and studied a great deal about all types of religion,” Evans said. “But we were raised Presbyterian, so before he could become a monk he had to convert to Catholicism. We were certainly surprised by his decision, but our family supported him.”

During the decade he was at St. Vincent, Mr. Evans taught classes and commuted to Pittsburgh to earn a master’s degree and doctorate degree in sociology from the University of Pittsburgh, she said.

Mr. Evans left the Benedictine order in 1992 and was hired to teach sociology in the North Side campus of Community College of Allegheny County. He retired from the college in 2011.

Mr. Evans spoke Spanish, French and Portuguese and traveled extensively. His favorite destinations were France and Mexico.

Evans said her brother “had a wonderful sense of humor” that matched his colorful personality.

“He loved clothes, especially brightly colored ones, and really enjoyed dressing up when he went out,” she said.

A longtime devotee of ballet, he served for a time on the board of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.

In addition to his sister, Sally, Mr. Evans is survived by a son, Xavier Evans of the South Side, whom he raised as a single father; as well as an aunt and numerous cousins and friends.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday in Laughlin Memorial Chapel, 222 Washington Road, in Mt. Lebanon. Services and interment will be private.

Tony LaRussa is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7987 or

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