After his release he was for some three months a teacher at Wrexham and then became a lecturer at the University of Birmingham until his appointment on 24 Sept. 1920 as an Independent Lecturer and Head of the Department of German at Aberystwyth . Despite the prevailing hatred towards Germany and its people, he succeeded in creating a particularly lively department and his name symbolised the new interest being awoken in the language. His success led the college in 1936 to establish a Chair of German and elevate him as Professor . He remained in the post until his retirement in 1952 when he was made Emeritus Professor .
In addition to translating Detholiad o chwed-lau Grimm ( 1927 ) and Detholiad o storïau Andersen ( 1921 , 1931 ) and also plays by Herman Heijermans ( Ahasfer ; Y Gobaith da ) and Anatole France ( Y gwr a briododd wraig fud ), he contributed numerous articles on German education, religion and contemporary problems and literature to Welsh periodicals. He published A simplified German Grammar ( 1948 ) and Gofyniadau ac atebion i Lythyr Cyntaf Paul at y Corinthiaid ( 1926 ), but his most important work which brought him into prominence generally was Y wlad: ei bywyd, ei haddysg, a'i chrefydd ( 1933 ), a searching survey of the fundamental values of rural life (for him, around Y Frenni Fawr ) and a study for which there was a great demand for a second edition at the end of the year, partly because it was so enthusiastically recommended by David Lloyd George (see below) in a speech at Wrexham national eisteddfod .
David Evans was very active in the college at Aberystwyth . He was the prime mover in the introduction of a scheme of medical care for students , the first medical scheme to be instituted at any British university. He was president of the Old Students' Association in 1952 , and the British Council representative at Aberystwyth for many years. He was an uncompromising Baptist , and a member, deacon and Sunday school teacher at Bethel , Aberystwyth .
He m., 30 Dec. 1920 , Margaret James of Llandeilo ; her father was an Inspector of Elementary Schools in Carmarthenshire and her mother had been a member of the ‘ Côr Mawr ’ conducted by Griffith Rhys Jones (‘ Caradog ’; DWB , 465) . His wife, too, was a graduate of Aberystwyth College in 1910 , and by the time she met David Evans in Birmingham she had been appointed French teacher at Halesowen grammar school for girls . At Aberystwyth she actively supported several good causes, e.g. Friends of the Hospital and the R.S.P.C.A. Two sons and a daughter were born of the marriage. David Evans d. 26 Oct. 1968 in Bronglais Hospital , Aberystwyth and was buried in his mother-church at Blaen-ffos . His wife d. 29 Nov. 1973 aged 84 yrs. at her daughter's home in Camberley and was buried in Aldershot .
David Evans was of a companionable nature, kept rigidly to his principles, and made his views known, but occasionally he would not be bound by convention. As Principal Thomas Parry said at his funeral: ‘in spite of the infinite variety of human nature, there will never be anybody exactly like David Evans’ .
Benjamin George Owens, M.A., Aberystwyth
Published date: 2001