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Robert D. Evans, lawyer, lobbyist

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Monday, January 31, 2011; 8:10 PM

Robert D. Evans, 65, director of the American Bar Association's Governmental Affairs Office from 1982 to 2007, died Jan. 16 of lymphoma at Montgomery Hospice's Casey House in Rockville.

Mr. Evans joined the ABA's Chicago staff in 1972. A year later, he moved to the Washington office, where he lobbied Congress on tax reform and anti-crime and anti-terrorism legislation.

For many years, Mr. Evans was involved with the Legal Services Corporation, a Washington-based nonprofit organization that provides legal aid to low-income families across the country.

Robert David Evans was born in Vergennes, Vt. He received a bachelor's degree in English literature from Yale University in 1966 and a law degree from the University of Michigan in 1969.

He joined the Chicago law firm Sachnoff & Weaver before his ABA work.

He lived on Capitol Hill for three years before moving to Washington Grove, Md., in 1975. From 1981 to 1983, Mr. Evans served as Washington Grove's volunteer mayor.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Katherine Kruggel Evans and his daughter, Sarah Evans, both of Washington Grove; his mother, Barry Evans of Pleasant Hill, Tenn.; and two sisters.

- Timothy R. Smith


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