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Dr. Frank G. Evans, honored for community service <br> Aug. 8, 1918 -- Sept. 17, 2009

Dr. Frank G. Evans, a community leader and half of a retired Buffalo husband-wife team of physicians, died Thursday in Millard Fillmore Hospital. He was 91.

Born in Rushville, Ind., Dr. Evans earned bachelor's and master's degrees in chemistry from Indiana University. He graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine.

A World War II Army veteran, he served as a medic in New Guinea and the Philippines.

After completing his internship and residency at Harlem Hospital in New York City, Dr. Evans married Dr. Lydia T. Wright, a pediatrician. The couple moved to Buffalo in 1951 and opened offices the following year on Jefferson Avenue, where they practiced for 36 years, retiring in 1988.

Dr. Evans, a general practitioner and internist, was on the staff of Millard Fillmore Hospital and was a clinical associate professor of medicine at the University at Buffalo Medical School.

He received many medical and community awards.

Dr. Evans and his wife were the joint recipients of the Red Jacket Award, presented in 1980 by the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society in recognition of civic service over many years.

He also received the Geneva B. Scruggs Award for Excellence in Health Care and the Medgar Evers Award from the Buffalo Branch of the NAACP. He was honored as one of 20 Black Achievers in Industry for his contributions to the improvement of interracial business and community relations.

A founding member and former chairman of the Buffalo Equity Fund, Dr. Evans also was a longtime member of Alpha Kappa Boule, the Pundit Club and the Upstate Medical Alliance.

He served on the Health Planning Council of Western New York and the State Medical Misconduct Committee. He also served as Buffalo chairman of the National Negro College Fund and secretary for the board of trustees of the YMCA of Buffalo and Erie County.

Surviving are a son, Frank G. Jr., and a daughter, Tamara E. Rowland.

A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. next Monday in St. Philip's Episcopal Church, 18 Sussex Ave.

[D/WILLIAMS]

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