Arthur Evans, Jr., a long-time professor at Florida Atlantic University, who also served as the school’s chair of the Department of Sociology, died Dec. 11 after a prolonged battle with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow. He was 66.

Arthur Sherman Evans, Jr. (Courtesy Photo)

Evans was born to Arthur and Evelyn Evans in Baltimore, Oct. 19, 1951. He was educated in the public school system. He attended Delaware State College, where he graduated with a B.A. degree in Sociology in 1973. He later attained his Masters degree from Kansas State University in 1975 and his Doctorate degree in 1978, also at Kansas State.

It was at Kansas State, where he met and fell in love with Annette Mirocke, who he was married to for 39 years.

He began his teaching career at Indiana University in 1978, then two years later landed at Florida Atlantic University, where he served in various capacities including chair of the Sociology Department and director of Ethnic Studies. Evans authored several scholarly papers and publications and won various research and teaching awards, including the “Degree of Difference,” award at Florida Atlantic. He is the only person in the school’s history to win the honor twice.

Evans leaves to mourn: his wife Annette Evans, his only son Damien Ross, father Arthur S. Evans, Sr., two brothers, Dr. Anthony Evans and Maurice Evans, a sister Beverly E. Johnson, three grandchildren, a great grandson, and many other family members and friends.