Evelyn Bartram Dudas first breathed compressed air in the early 1960’s when the sport of scuba diving was newly born. After obtaining her dive certification at the University of Buffalo in 1964, she returned to West Chester PA and began diving off the Mid-Atlantic coast at every opportunity she had. During a dive trip in 1965 on the recently sunk tanker Stolt Dagali, she met John Dudas, and they became frequent diving partners. Evelyn was the first woman to dive the Andrea Doria, one of the first women to use mix gases, and also the first to start a custom wetsuit company where one could not be found commercially. Her story has graced the pages of Skin Diver, Newsweek, National Geographic, Franklin Mint Magazine, and Harper’s Bazaar to name a few. She appears in the DEMA/Jack McKenney video Scuba Dive America. Evelyn was inducted into the Women Divers Hall of Fame in 2000, and is still diving wrecks and caves to this day!
Come hear how she and her husband retrieved the coveted compass from the luxury liner along with many other fascinating stories at the North Shore Frogmen meeting on Thursday March 3 at 8:00 at Palmers Cover Yacht Club in Salem; social gathering at 7:30pm. Desserts will be served.