Martin Evans ’49 was a distinguished New York State Supreme Court justice for more than 20 years. He passed away on November 4, 2011, at the age of 93.
Evans received his bachelor’s degree from New York University and a degree in business from Harvard Business School. He served in the U.S. Army in North Africa, Italy, and France from 1941 to 1945, winning a Bronze Star for his service and receiving an appointment as chevalier of the French Legion of Honor. Following his time in the Army, Evans enrolled at Columbia Law School, and he earned an LL.M. from New York University Law School in 1955.
In the early 1960s, Evans was a member of the reform movement that ousted Tammany Hall political boss Carmine DeSapio from leadership of the Democratic Party. Evans then worked in private practice until 1969, when he began service as a civil court judge. In 1973, Evans was elected to the New York State Supreme Court, and he would serve on that bench for 21 years. One year after retiring, Evans joined Herzfeld & Rubin as of counsel. He held that position with the firm until the time of his death.
Evans was a member of numerous professional organizations throughout his career, including the Association for the Pursuit of Justice and the New York State Supreme Court Pattern Jury Instruction Committee. He held leadership positions with the Supreme Court Justices Association and worked on the National Conference of State Trial Judges from 1990 to 1998. The Association of Supreme Court Justices honored him with its Award for Judicial Excellence and Leadership in 1998.
Evans is survived by his wife, Meryle; his son, Steven; and three grandchildren.