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Fly fisher, author and philanthropist Evelyn Haas died Wednesday in San Francisco at the age of 92. Evelyn co-authored Wade a Little Deeper Dear: A Woman’s Guide to Fly Fishing (Cortland Library Series) with Gwen Cooper in 1979. It was one of the first books to encourage women to become fly fishers.
Evelyn and her husband Walter Haas were long-time Oakland Athletics owners (1980-1985), but were recognized primarily for their extensive philanthropy; they contributed more than $364 million to hundreds of community and cultural organizations. Their $30 million gift to the National Park Service is still the largest private donation ever made to that agency.