Edward Milton Evans, who served the United States House Select Committee on Assassinations as the Chief Investigator for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Investigation, died on February 22, 2013 at Stony Brook University Hospital. He was 81.
Mr. Evans was born on March 22,1931 in West Palm Beach, Fla. to Luella Morgan Evans and Edward ‘Ned’ Evans and grew up in Brooklyn, New York where he attended Boys High School and received his undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from the City University of New York.
He entered the U.S. Army in 1947 and served as a military policeman in Japan from 1947 to 1950. He received an honorable discharge and in1954 he entered the New York City Police Academy being among the first African American officers to matriculate in the academy. Upon graduation from the academy, he served as a patrolman in many precincts in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Manhattan before promotion to detective and assignment to the NYPD Major Case Squad where he worked on numerous high profile cases including the bombing of Fraunces Tavern by the FALN in 1975.
Mr. Evans retired from the NYPD in 1977 to accept the position with the House Select Committee. At the conclusion of the Select Committee, he accepted a position at the United States Department of Health and Human Services as the Special Agent in charge of the Washington field office where he investigated waste, fraud and abuse. After residing in Fall Church, Virginia for over 25 years, he retired to his beloved Sag Harbor, where he had vacationed since 1961 and could enjoy full-time the unique charms and peace present only there.
He was a passionate man who loved tennis, animals, music, fishing and history. He will be greatly missed for his passion for life, his knowledge and intelligence, political acumen and dedication to civil rights.
His current wife of 32 years, Merete M. Evans and his former wife, Joanne V. Evans as well as children, grandchildren, and other family members and friends in the New York and Washington Metro Areas survive him. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the National Kidney Foundation at www.kidney.org.