Long-time Board member loses battle with stomach cancer

Robert E. Evans, who served 25 years on Marietta College’s Board of Trustees, died late Wednesday (June 15, 2005) after a yearlong battle with stomach cancer.

Evans, who served Peoples Bancorp Inc. and subsidiary Peoples Bank, National Association for 35 years, was 65.

“Although we knew he had been fighting for his health for the last year and could see its impact on him, his good nature and continuous attention to Marietta College shielded us from the imminence of his passing,” said Patricia Willis, Chair of Marietta College's Board of Trustees. “His contributions encompass both management and academic interests of the College and we enjoyed his leadership both on the Board and in the McDonough Center. He was an anchor in the College and an anchor in the community and we will miss him greatly.”

As Peoples’ President and CEO, and later as Chairman, Evans led the company from $145 million in total assets and $1.1 million in earnings to $1.8 billion in assets and $18.3 million in earnings in 2004. In the past 20 years under Evans, total shareholder return on Peoples stock has exceeded 18 percent on an average annual basis, and Peoples Bancorp has increased its dividend to shareholders 39 consecutive years.

Evans joined Peoples Bank in 1970 as a trust officer, and started the Peoples Bancorp Inc. holding company in 1980, serving as its CEO until his retirement on May 31, 2005.

Evans also served on various community boards of directors, including as trustee of the Washington County (Ohio) Community Improvement Corporation, and trustee of the Southeastern Ohio Port Authority. Evans also served as a Federal Home Loan Bank director and with other banking associations throughout his 35-year career.

Arrangements are incomplete at this time but are expected to be printed in The Marietta Times on Friday. You may access The Times website at: www.mariettatimes.com/obit/obit.asp for more information.

Evans is survived by his wife, Sally, three children, and four grandchildren. You may send your condolences to his wife Sally at: 410 Front Street #1, Marietta, OH 45750.