Born in Denver, Dr. Evans earned a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Northern Colorado, a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Denver, and a Ph.D. in management and marketing from the University of Washington. He taught undergraduate and graduate students at Mary Washington and many other institutions over his 45-year career.
A talented jazz musician, Dr. Evans played saxophone and clarinet. Known in Fredericksburg as “Dr. Daddy-O,” he played and sang with the Fredericksburg Big Band and served as its master of ceremonies. He also was “widely recognizable around town in his flashy red convertible,” according to Dr. William B. Crawley’s University of Mary Washington: A Centennial History.
Wife Beverly, two sisters, five children, eight grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter survive him. Mary Jo Parrish, professor emerita of biology, died Feb. 28 in Fredericksburg after an extended illness. Born in 1928, the Nashville native was a member of the Mary Washington College faculty from 1954 to 1987. Dr. Parrish specialized in botany and received a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 1957. She was a devoted member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fredericksburg, where she had many friends. She also had friends in the Baha’i community. A member of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, she had a special love of cats and cared for many in her lifetime. She is survived by a sister and a nephew, both in Florida.
Corrine Nelson Woodard, whose husband was president of Mary Washington College from 1974 through 1982, passed away Nov. 5, 2017, in Easton, Maryland.
Her late husband, Prince Woodard, was Mary Washington’s fifth president. After his death in 1982, she continued to live in Fredericksburg until moving to Easton in 1999.
A native of Smolan, Kansas, Mrs. Woodard was a graduate of Kansas State University. She worked as a buyer in the clothing industry before marrying Prince Woodard in 1950. When the couple moved to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Mrs. Woodard earned a master’s degree at the University of Alabama.
They lived in Danville and Richmond, Virginia; Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania; and Charleston, West Virginia, before coming to Mary Washington and Fredericksburg. In later years, Mrs. Woodard enjoyed volunteering and playing bridge.
The Woodards’ three children survive them, as do three granddaughters and a great-granddaughter.