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David W. and Beatrice Cannon Evans

The Evans Biography Awards were endowed by the family of David Woolley Evans and Beatrice Cannon Evans. Both were born in 1894. Mr. Evans spent his adult life as a writer and editor. In 1943, he founded David W. Evans and Associates, which became one of the largest advertising and public relations firms in the western United States . The company was later purchased by Publicis, a large international communications agency headquartered in Paris, France.

Beatrice Cannon Evans was an historian and family genealogist who edited the Cannon Family Historical Treasury, a six-generation history of her father's family. She was also the genealogist and historian for the Bennions, her mother's family. It is fitting that these awards, established in honor of David and Beatrice Evans, celebrate and reward the writing of biography.