Southern Jews Author & Portraitist, Eli Evans, Dies at 85

Southern Jews Author & Portraitist, Eli Evans, Dies at 85

Eli Evans was a portraitist and author best known for his books Judah P. Benjamin: The Jewish Confederate and The Lonely Days Were Sundays: Reflections of a Jewish Southerner. He was the emeritus president of the Charles H. Revson Foundation.

What Caused the Death of Eli Evans?

Eli Evans passed away on July 26 in a hospital in New York City.  He was 85, His son announced his death and stated that he had problems from COVID-19. His autobiography, The Provincials: A Personal History of Jews in the South, is what made him most famous.

He was born in North Carolina into a large Jewish family whose history was frequently forgotten in favor of the more well-known tales of immigrants who fled pogroms and persecution in Europe and established themselves in the American Northeast.

Eli Evans Age, Family, and Early Life

Eli Evans was born on July 28, 1936, in Durham. He was born into one of the many Jewish families in North Carolina.  He was 85 years old at the time of his death. His mother, Sara Nachamson, formerly owned a successful chain of general stores called Evans United Dollar, and his father, who was elected Durham’s first Jewish mayor, is credited with opening one of the city’s first integrated lunch counters.

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Evans claimed that his parents instilled in him a sense of Jewish pride. He recounted how his father had promoted his position as the local synagogue’s head while running for office since Southern voters valued participation in one’s place of religion.

Eli Evans Career, What was his Profession?

Evans, a Yale-educated attorney, began his career writing speeches for President Lyndon B. Johnson in Washington. He eventually moved to New York to serve as president of the Charles H. Revson Foundation, a philanthropic organization, from 1977 to 2003.

In the late 1960s, he relocated to New York to serve as a program executive for the Carnegie Corporation, a nonprofit organization, where he remained until joining the Revson Foundation. Under his direction, the foundation gave funding to Jewish causes as well as urban, educational, and medicinal activities.

It supported the 1984 public television show “Heritage: Civilization and the Jews” as well as the Israeli adaptation of “Sesame Street” called “Rechov Sumsum,” which aimed to improve Jewish-Arab relations.

Which school and college did he go to?

At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he served as the student body president, Evans earned his bachelor’s degree in 1958. Before enrolling at Yale University, where he earned a law degree in 1963, he served in the Navy.

Eli Evans Net Worth, How much does he earn?

The net worth of this individual is currently unknown due to the fact that no personal information is available in the public domain and our research team has no information about his income.

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Eli Evans Wife, What about his relationship?

He was a married man and was married to Judith London but she died in 2008. They both shared a son named Josh Evans.

Is he available on any social media platforms?

We do not have precise information about his social media status. When we receive more detailed information surrounding his social media handles, we will update this section.

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Eye ColourHazel
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Sexual OrientationStraight

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Single/ In a relationship/Married/DivorcedMarried
Current SpouseLate Judith London