Wiggs Civitillo reports of Vietor Evans: “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our classmate, Vietor Evans. On March 1st, 2018, after a year-long battle with cancer, he passed away surrounded by his loved ones. A caring and loyal friend, Vietor shared his spirit of adventure, cheerfulness, and charisma with everyone he met, and he will be missed by all he touched during his Deerfield Days and beyond.
After graduating from Deerfield, Vietor attended Southern Methodist University (SMU), where he majored in History, graduating in 2013, and went on to work for J.P. Morgan in their High Net Worth Wealth Management group in New York City. Following his time at JP Morgan, he went on to be one of the first employees at a startup venture capital firm, Moonrise Capital, where he helped grow the business from the ground up.
Looking back on our time together, Vietor had a knack for brightening each situation he encountered, and his genuine, fun-loving spirit made the many hours we spent floating down the Deerfield river fly by all too quickly. In addition to his gregarious personality, he had incredible taste in music, and seemed to have a perfect song for every occasion. From the relaxed vibe he set while we cooked Wegmans steaks out by the paddle courts, to the techno playlists that transformed our dorms into rave dance floors, he had a way with music that made us feel like there wasn’t anything more important than living in the moment.
Beyond his compassion for others, Vietor was a man of character, integrity, and depth, and taught those around him (myself especially) a great deal about “keeping it classy”. From his passion for history and the classics, to his expertise in mixology, he never failed to have something interesting to say, regardless of the topic at hand. Furthermore, his passion for cooking took his culinary creations to new heights, and I’ll never forget tasting the first bite of his famous “Texan Chili” that involved three days of preparation and hours of roasting peppers over an open flame (in his fireplace at home).
Prior to his passing, Vietor married Grace Preston and the two celebrated the love and joy that characterized their life together with their family and friends. The accompanying picture is of Vietor on his wedding day with his wife Grace Preston Evans, and the Deerfield alums that attended his wedding. (Carter Kahle Slattery ‘02, Wiggs Civitillo ’09, Page Kahle ‘07, Oz Osborn ‘09, Grace Preston Evans, Vietor Evans ’09, Walker Kahle ‘04, James Slattery ‘02, Mike McKenna ‘09, Taylor Coe ’09, and Kent Kahle ’70)
Vietor will forever be remembered for his warmth and encouragement, authenticity and wisdom, and sophisticated yet fun-loving personality. The genuine kindness that he shared with all of us will live on in our hearts. Let us remember Vietor Evans as a man that truly lived life to the fullest.