Cora Boyett Evans (1914-2018) was born April 23, 1914, at Terra Ceia, an island in Florida’s Tampa Bay. She graduated from the Florida State College for Women (now Florida State University) with a bachelor’s degree in Home Economics in 1935 and married A. Ross Evans in 1936. Mr. and Mrs. Evans were married for 68 years.
They moved to Winter Park in 1949, when Ross Evans joined the faculty of Rollins College, where he would teach business for more than 30 years. Cora Evans taught home economics at the original Winter Park High School from 1949 to 1959. Both Professor and Mrs. Evans were active in the community and at Rollins College. Cora was a longtime member of the Rollins Women’s Association and a member of the P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization), which promotes educational opportunities for women. In 1975, the couple established the A. Ross Evans Scholarship for undergraduate and graduate students studying accounting at Rollins.
This interview was conducted by the Evanses’ great-nephew, Walker Hamby ’11, as a student project. Here Mrs. Evans described her years at Rollins as “very much of a blessing.” As she remembered, “When I came it was called ‘The Rollins Family,’ and I hope they never quit calling it the Rollins Family, because you really do have that feeling.”
Evans, Cora B. and Hamby, J. Walker, "Interview with Cora B. Evans" (2006). Oral Histories. 36.
Cora B. Evans