Brattleboro- Evelyn Burtis, known to family and friends as Evie, died on Sunday night, October 1, 2017 at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, she was 93 years old.
She was born on May 26, 1924 in Nassau County, New York the daughter of Theodor and Florence (Whalen) Burtis. Her family moved to Mt Lebanon, PA, near Pittsburgh, in 1938.
She graduated from Mt. Lebanon High School Class of 1942 and then attended Bethany College in West Virginia for three years, followed by graduation with B.S. from Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh in 1947. While in college, she was elected to membership in Phi Kappa Phi, a technical college equivalent of Phi Beta Kappa.
From 1947 to 1957, she worked in the Microbiology Research Department of Merck and Company.
From 1957 to 1983 she was in Esso Research and Engineering Company’s Medical Research Division Toxicology group. This division evolved over the years to become Exxon Biomedical Sciences, Inc. from which she retired.
She was active in professional societies, including the Society of Toxicology (SOT), in which she chaired the Regulatory Affairs Committee, and was appointed by the President of SOT to the first Council of the International Union of Toxicology. Subsequently she served on the Toxicology Committee of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, in which role she traveled widely to national and international conferences.
During these years, she lived in Northern New Jersey, near New York City. After retirement, she was in close contact with relatives, including her brother Richard T. Burtis and his family of Brattleboro. In 2013, she moved to Brattleboro to reside in Holton Home on Western Avenue where she was very secure and comfortable. Following general anesthesia and major surgery she developed lung failure and died on October 1’st.
A private memorial service will be conducted at Saint Michael’s Episcopal Church for the immediate family. Greetings and messages will be welcomed by Richard Burtis, 16 Vermont Avenue and at the Holton Home at 158 Western Avenue in Brattleboro.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Evelyn Burtis’s name may be made to Holton Home/Bradley House, 158 Western Avenue, Brattleboro 05301.