Former communication/journalism professor dies on New Year's Day


The Shippensburg University community lost a member on New Year’s Day. Margaret Evans, a retired SU professor died at her home on Jan. 1, 2014, alongside her husband of 28 years.

Evans retired from SU in the spring 2013 after nearly two decades of teaching. She taught an array of courses in the communication/journalism department, spanning from entry-level communication classes to classes focusing on her passion, photography.

Evans became interested in photography more than 40 years ago, while spending time abroad in the Peace Corps. She lived throughout Africa and Asia before returning to the U.S. to pursue her master of fine arts degree at Rochester Institute of Technology.

After coming to SU, she became a staple in the local artists’ community. Her work has appeared at The Thought Lot, Carlisle Arts Learning Center (CALC) and Shippensburg’s SHAPE Gallery, where she served as a board member. Her art ranges from photography, to paintings, to handmade jewelry, which she sold locally.

Outside of teaching and art, Evans had a passion for animal rights and rescue. She regularly dedicated herself to neuter and release missions for feral cats, and put out food and water for stray animals throughout Shippensburg.

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