Nancy Evans, First-rate First Lady, A Biography & Oral History, by John C. Hughes - Washington State Historical Society
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Nancy Evans, First-rate First Lady, A Biography & Oral History, by John C. Hughes

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Nancy Evans, First-rate First Lady, A Biography & Oral History, by John C. Hughes.

Biography at a Glance, Nancy Ann Bell Evans

Born: March 21, 1933, Spokane, Washington

Education: Whitman College, B.A. Music, 1954; Graduate work, Eastern Washington State College, 1956-57

Married: Daniel J. Evans, June 6, 1959; three children: Daniel Jackson Evans Jr., born Nov. 25, 1960; Mark Lawrence Evans, Sept. 20, 1963; Bruce McKay Evans, Aug. 21, 1966

Notably: At 31, the youngest first lady in Washington state history, 1965; founded the Governor's Mansion Foundation, 1972, to secure appropriate furnishings and artwork; championed the successful restoration and expansion of the mansion, 1974; co-founder of the Governor's Festival of the Arts, Olympia, 1966; Nancy Bell Evans Center on Nonprofits & Philanthropy chartered by the University of Washington, 2004, to recognize her decades of achievement on multiple fronts; new hybrid rhododendron named in her honor, 1977.

Other activities: 30 years of service to Whitman College, including overseer, 1973-88; overseer emeritus, 1988-94; trustee, 1994-2008; board member, Seattle Symphony Orchestra and Benaroya Hall; board member, KCTS, Seattle affiliate of Public Broadcasting System; co-founder of the Friends of Cancer Lifeline; active with Northwest Parkinson's Foundation; founding trustee, Planned Parenthood of Olympia; former trustee, State Capital Museum.

Awards: The Gordon Scribner Award for Distinguished Service to Whitman College, 2009; Medal of Achievement, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, 2001' First Citizen Award, the Seattle-King County Association of Realtors, 2003; Legacy Award, the Rainier Institute, 2004. 

 


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