Polly K. Evans, Dumbarton Oaks assistant

Thursday, January 6, 2011; 6:30 PM

Polly K. Evans, 53, an assistant in the Byzantine studies program at the Dumbarton Oaks research library in the District, died Dec. 28 at her home in Washington. She had metastatic cancer.

Mrs. Evans joined Dumbarton Oaks in 2005 and helped design the newsletter, programs, booklets, invitations and posters for the program.

From 1989 until 2005, she worked for what is now known as the Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home, which provides services to low- or moderate-income senior citizens in the District. She started as the activities coordinator and was promoted to development coordinator in 2003.

She was born Polly Lavinia King in Bristol, England. Earlier in her career, she was a theater design assistant at Citizens Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland. She moved to Washington in the early 1980s.

Mrs. Evans was also a painter, and in November she had a one-woman exhibition at the Arts Club in Washington.

Her marriage to John Wagley ended in divorce.

Her husband, Huw Evans, who had been her companion for six years, died in 2002 after one month of marriage. A daughter from her first marriage, Louisa Caroline Wagley, died in 2005.

Survivors include her companion of five years, Tom Satterwhite of Washington; her father, Peter King of Hook Norton, England; her mother, Grace M. King of Wilton, England; a daughter from her first marriage, Isabella Wagley of Nantucket, Mass.; two stepchildren, John Wagley Jr. of Alexandria and Elizabeth Wagley of Boston; and two brothers.

- Lauren Wiseman

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