David G. Evelyn, 69, an artist and art educator who taught at Fairfax County’s Lake Braddock Secondary School for 28 years before retiring in 2003, died March 11 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda.
He had been scheduled for open heart surgery to replace an aortic valve when he contracted pneumonia. The death was confirmed by a sister, Lynn Rohrs.
Mr. Evelyn led workshops for art teachers at the National Gallery of Art, served as an adjunct art teacher at Virginia Commonwealth University and Northern Virginia Community College, and exhibited his own artistic work at the Fairfax and Capitol Hill art leagues, among other venues.
His work ranged from painting, printmaking, collage and montage to found-object art, which included items made from the likes of ocean driftwood and discarded toys.
The National Art Education Association named Mr. Evelyn art teacher of the year for Virginia secondary schools in 2001 and for secondary schools in the Southeastern United States in 2002.
David George Evelyn was a native of Tarrytown, N.Y., and a 1965 graduate of Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa. In 1972, he received a master’s of fine arts degree in printmaking at George Washington University.
After retiring from the Lake Braddock faculty, he continued working as an artistic consultant and adviser until 2008. He was a past faculty adviser and mentor to a new gay-straight student alliance at Lake Braddock.
He was a Falls Church resident and had a vacation home in Islesboro, Maine. He was a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Washington, where he taught art in the religious education programs for children and adults.
His marriage to Jayne Ehlers ended in divorce. Survivors include his companion of eight years, Robert A. Lee of Falls Church; two children from his marriage, Megan Didavi of Gaithersburg and Alexander John Evelyn of Ashburn; a sister, Lynn Rohrs of Alexandria; a brother, Douglas Evelyn of Sugar Hill, N.H.; and two grandchildren.