ROCK HILL -- Mr. Jack Evans, 87, died Aug. 10, 2007 at the Westminster Towers Health Care Center. He was the son of the late Owen R. and Pauline P. Evans of Crumpler, W.Va.
He graduated from West Virginia University with honors, receiving a bachelor of science in Mechanical Engineering. He was inducted into Tau Beta Pi, Tau Sigma and Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities. He then went to Purdue University, where he was an instructor and earned a master's degree in Mechanical Engineering.
His field was pressure vessels and vibrations. He worked for various companies early in his career in Maryland that needed his particular expertise. One of these early employers was the Glenn L. Martin Company, where he worked on the Titan rocket, one of the earliest rockets designed to carry satellites and humans into space. The last 25 years of his working life were spent at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Among his other accomplishments while with NASA was his work designing and constructing the Syncom satellites. The Syncom program was the first global satellite communications system. All others have been built using its pioneering concepts.
In retirement, he and his wife moved to Rock Hill, S.C., where they joined the Neely's Creek ARP Church.
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He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Lillian G. Evans; two daughters, April E. Evans of Boston, Mass., and Laura L. Evans of Columbia, Md.; grandsons, Brett and Matthew Mueller of Columbia, Md.; a brother and sister-in-law, Charles Willis and Thelma Evans of Sylacauga, Ala.; as well as a number of other family members.
A memorial service will be held at Neely's Creek ARP Church on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2007 at 11 a.m. After the service, the family will receive friends. The family will also receive friends Friday, Aug. 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Community Room at Westminster Towers.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Neely's Creek ARP Church, 974 Neely's Creek Road, Rock Hill, SC 29730.
Greene Funeral Home is serving the Evans family.