Dr. William M. Evan, professor emeritus of sociology and management, passed away December 25, 2009, at the age of 87.
Born in Poland, Dr. Evan earned his bachelorís degree from Penn in 1946. He went on to the University of Nebraska, where he earned a masterís degree in sociology. He earned his doctoral degree in sociology from Cornell University in 1954.
Dr. Evan returned to Penn in 1966 as a professor of sociology and industry, where he taught in both the School of Arts and Sciences and the Wharton School. In addition to teaching, he also served as a consultant with major corporations and government agencies on issues including organizational design and crisis management. He retired in the early 1990s but continued to teach and write. He had also been a visiting professor at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the University of Chicago and Oxford University.
Prior to coming to Penn, Dr. Evan taught at Princeton University, Columbia and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and was a research sociologist at Bell Telephone Laboratories.
The author of over 100 articles for various professional journals, Dr. Evan also is the author or co-author of several books such as Organization Theory: Research and Design, Knowledge and Power in a Global Society, War and Peace in an Age of Terrorism: A Reader and Nuclear Proliferation and the Legality of Nuclear Weapons.
Dr. Evan is survived by his wife, Sarah; daughter, Raima; son, Robert, and three grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to Americans for Peace Now, 1101 14th St. NW, Sixth Floor, Washington, DC 20005.