A Fond Farewell to Dave Evans (DAE)


One remarkable quality of Doug Engelbart’s legacy is the enduring alumni community that emerged from his lab, the Augmentation Research Center at SRI.

We are sad to report that one of our own, Dave Evans pictured at right in a 1968 archive photo, has passed away on Friday, September 19, 2014, following a stroke.

As a graduate student at Stanford in 1965, he met Doug Engelbart by chance at a Seminar, got hooked on bootstrapping, and began to visit and then to work with Doug and his team at SRI in the period 1966 to 1969.
Watch archive film footage from 1969 featuring Dave Evans demoing with Doug Engelbart. Dave served a valuable role at AHIRC/ARC was as a sounding-board for ideas and as a facilitator in management and community initiatives. See more on Dave’s career and accomplishments.

In April 2013, Dave was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia by the Governor General for “significant service to science and innovation through commercialising and developing new technologies.” See press article “An innovative career” for details, and photos of the Investiture Ceremony below.

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A Message from his Family

This note is to let you know that David died last night (19 September 2014) just before midnight. His children and Elizabeth have been with him this week. He looked very peaceful this morning.

We are planning to hold a service and a celebration of his life on:
Tuesday 30 September 2014
1:30pm onwards
St Stephens Presbyterian Church on Morriset Street, Queanbeyan NSW.

David grew up in Queanbeyan and over the last couple of years he would take us there occasionally (his ability to issue directions was uncanny). He would take us to a series of places that were important to him in his childhood and young adult-hood – it was always an enjoyable way to pass an afternoon. Dad was not a religious man, but we think it is fitting that the service will be at St Stephens as the church has a long family history.

David has enjoyed the last few years in Canberra. He settled well into his new home and made friends with all and sundry despite his difficulty in communicating. That special sparkle that he had in his eye and his smile made him a favourite among staff and residents at Kangara Waters. He enjoyed receiving visitors and the notes and cards and emails that would steadily arrive from many of you. I hope some of you will consider making the trip to Canberra (and Queanbeyan) to celebrate his life with us.

Fond regards
Joey and Lindy

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