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Mr. Hammond, a New York native, went to Alaska in 1946 to work as a pilot. He held many other jobs: trapper, wildlife biologist, government hunter, hunting guide, commercial fisherman and later, according to his 1994 autobiography, a reluctant politician.
He served six years in the state House and six years in the state Senate before becoming governor.
"When it came to politics, as in many other of life's activities, I preferred to be a loner," he wrote. "Political power or leadership positions simply didn't entrance me -- not because of selfless humility. I simply didn't want to bear the burdens of hard work and the responsibilities that come with such jobs. Some folks thrive on pressure; I wither."
For several years after leaving office, he was host of a popular television program, "Jay Hammond's Alaska." He stayed in touch with developments across the state and rarely hesitated to weigh in on issues in the news.
Robert Henry EvansProfessor, SAIS Official
Robert Henry Evans, 68, a longtime professor of government at the University of Virginia who later held a leadership position with the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, died of cancer July 19 at a hospital in Kennesaw, Ga. He settled in Kennesaw this year.
Mr. Evans, left, had a long, distinguished career as a scholar of international relations and government. His association with the Nitzke school, which is affiliated with Johns Hopkins University and is based in Washington, dated back more than 40 years.
He first studied at the Bologna, Italy, branch of the School of Advanced International Studies in 1960. After receiving a master's degree from the University of Denver in 1961, he returned to the Bologna Center as a French instructor and as assistant to the director from 1962 to 1964. He received his doctorate in political science from the University of Denver in 1966.
From 1966 to 1971, he was a professor at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. He joined the faculty of the University of Virginia in 1971, specializing in Italian politics and government. He was chairman of the Department of Government and Foreign Affairs from 1982 to 1987.
Mr. Evans left the university in 1992 to become director of the Bologna Center, where he studied and taught in the 1960s. He increased the number of faculty members, widened the center's collaboration with the University of Bologna and created an institute to help countries making a transition to democracy. He directed conferences that included winners of the Nobel Prize and broadened the center's involvement in literary, musical, scientific and medical affairs.
In 2003, he resigned to become president of the American University of Rome, a position he held May.
Dr. Evans was born in Bristol, England, and grew up in Nantes, France. He received his undergraduate degree from l'Institut des Etudes Politiques in Paris in 1959. He was fluent in French and Italian and had a working knowledge of Spanish and Portuguese.
He traveled extensively throughout his life and collected silver, books and art.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Maria Antonietta Cappellini Evans of Kennesaw; two children, Philip H. Evans of New Providence, N.J., and Francesca A. Evans of Kennesaw; and four grandchildren.