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Max Evans to receive NMSU honorary doctorate at fall commencement

New Mexico State University is recognizing Max Evans with an honorary doctorate during the fall 2014 commencement ceremony Dec. 13.

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Author Max Evans (left) and NMSU President Garrey Carruthers talk at a recent New Mexico State University event. At the fall commencement ceremony, Evans will receive an honorary doctorate from NMSU. (Courtesy photo)

Evans, an author and painter, was selected as an honorary doctorate for his prominent contributions to the arts. A pair of his books published in the 1960s, ?The Rounders? and ?The Hi Lo Country,? also became feature films.

?Max is one of the most engaging honorary doctorate candidates I have had the pleasure of talking to,? said NMSU President Garrey Carruthers. ?He is a wonderful story teller and has been extremely generous to New Mexico State University.?

The Texas-born Evans has spent the majority of his life in New Mexico in Lea County, Lamy, Des Moines, Hillsboro and Taos. He and his wife, Pat, have lived in Albuquerque since 1968. Evans was a founding member of the New Mexico Film Commission and helped create the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces.

?The Rounders? was adapted into a movie in 1965 with Burt Kennedy directing and Henry Fonda and Glenn Ford starring. In 1998, ?The Hi Lo Country? was released on the big screen. Shot in New Mexico, the film was produced by Martin Scorsese, directed by Stephen Frears and starred Woody Harrelson, Patricia Arquette, Billy Crudup and Penelope Cruz.