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The death of Stewart Evans.

A PROFESSOR who inspired countless students has passed away aged 73.

Prof Stewart Evans, founder of Newcastle University's Department of Marine Sciences and Coastal Management, died from bowel cancer.

The marine biologist was born in Malvern, Worcestershire, where he attended the King's School. He gained an Honours Degree in Zoology at Bristol University, to which he added a PhD in 1966.

After a spell as a biology teacher in York, he was appointed as a lecturer in the Department of Zoology at Newcastle University in 1970.

His wife of 23 years, Pat, said: "He inspired countless young people and was very keen on rugby.

"He wrote a book called Pride in the Lion: The History of Newcastle University Rugby Football Club," she added.

Prof Evans, of Gosforth, had two daughters, Catherine and Rosalind, two step-daughters, Lesley and Lynne, and five grandchildren and step-grandchildren.

Earlier this year, he received an award for his outstanding contribution to university sport. An annual scholarship will be awarded in his name. Prof Evans was also a fierce campaigner against the closure of Epinay School for children with learning difficulties in Jarrow.

Unfortunately the muchloved professor passed away before hearing all his hard work had paid off as it has just been announced the closure plans have been scrapped.

Dr David Golding, visiting fellow in marine science and technology and honorary chaplain at Newcastle University, said: "Whether as a devoted family man, outstanding teacher, research scientist, or rugby enthusiast, Stewart is greatly missed."

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 9, 2010
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