|Irma Evers, Dr. Eddie Louie, MD, and the Evers family.|
Leo Evers was born in New York City in 1916, the son of Hungarian immigrants. He was orphaned at the age of 16, and paid his own way through the City College of New York, where he earned a degree in civil engineering. After graduation in 1942, Mr. Evers was commissioned in the United States Army; he fought in the European theater during World War II, and he maintained his commission in the Army for 24 years. Following the war, Mr. Evers earned an MBA degree at City College and pursued a career in commercial real estate.
Leo Evers was married to his wife, Irma, for 63 years, and their 3 children are all graduates of NYU. Kathryn and Alex are both graduates of the School of Medicine, and Sally graduated from the Stern School of Business. Kathryn’s husband is also a graduate of the School of Medicine, and one of Irma’s grandsons, Jacob, studied medicine at NYU.
Leo and Irma were grateful for the outstanding care that they received from NYU physicians, particularly from Dr. Eddie Louie, a member of the faculty in the Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine. When Leo Evers passed away, Irma established this lecture series not only as memorial to her husband, but also to honor Dr. Eddie Louie. The Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunology, thanks Irma Evers for this wonderful gift. It is indeed special, and fitting.
Leo Evers had faith in science and technology to improve human life. For that reason it is appropriate that we present as Evers Lecturers some of those at the frontiers of science whose research in Infectious Diseases is in fact improving human life.