Jeremiah Evarts, Sr.
Cornish, N.H. — Jeremiah Evarts, Sr. of Cornish, died at home on Friday evening, July 19, 2013, after a pitched battle with cancer. He was born in New York, N.Y. on Oct. 15, 1941, to Prescott and Elizabeth Evarts of New York and Windsor, Vt. He attended the Dalton School in New York City and then St. Paul’s School in Concord. At SPS, he was a star athlete and team captain, editor of the Horae Scholasticae, outstanding student, and winner of the 1960 Gordon Medal, among other awards. He then attended Columbia University, achieving his B.A., M.A. and M. Phil. (A.B.D.) magna cum laude, in English Literature.
Following graduation from Columbia, Jeremiah taught English and was Department Chair at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio. He then returned to New York and, discovering his passion for high school education, he taught English and was Department Chair at The Dalton School. While there, he met his wife, Jo; they were married in 1979 at the family’s long-time summer homestead in Windsor, Vt.
After holding the position of Director of Educational Enrichment and teaching English at Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, Conn., Jeremiah and his family moved to Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. when he became head of the Upper School at New Lincoln School. Later, the family moved to New Jersey and Jeremiah became Assistant Headmaster at the Pingry School in Short Hills and Martinsville, N.J. Family circumstances brought them to live full-time in the Upper Valley in 1990. Jeremiah taught at Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, N.H., until 2000, when he moved to Runnemede School to Head the new Upper School grades there.
In 2005, the Evarts left Runnemede School and since then Jeremiah has worked as a professional writer and proponent of the work of Shakespeare. His talent with language and the excellence of his writing were noteworthy; throughout his life, he was a prolific poet, as well as a published author of fiction and non-fiction. Jeremiah was the founding Editor of The Complete Hoot, the monthly arts and events magazine of the Upper Valley. Closest to his heart, he was the creator and director of the Twilight Arts Shakespeare program, now in its twentieth year of full-length youth productions in the Upper Valley.
Jeremiah was a loving and devoted husband, father and teacher, inspiring in his intellect, compassion, talents and generosity of spirit. His gift for teaching in and out of the classroom influenced all those who had the pleasure of knowing him. He is survived by his wife, Jo; his daughter, Katherine Elizabeth Evarts, of Cornish; his son, Jeremiah, Jr, of New York, N.Y., his son, Sean Eastman, of Cornish, his elder son, Maxwell E. Evarts of Milford, N.J.; and three grandchildren.
His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 27, in the Chapel at St. Paul’s School in Concord, N.H., with a reception following. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that tax-deductible contributions be sent to his cherished Twilight Arts LLC Shakespeare Fund, Lake Sunapee Bank, Attn: Susan Gove, 12 Centerra Parkway, Lebanon, NH, 03766.