Evelyn Sheridan Kincade (1927-2009) was a linguist, nurse and psychological researcher who co-founded OmniPark with her husband Dalton Teague.
Born in Odessa, Texas on July 20, 1927, Evelyn learned Latin, Greek and Hebrew from her mother Helena, a self-taught Classicist and Biblical scholar; and practiced gardening and dog-training with her father Paul, an herbologist who taught biology and chemistry at nearby Midland High School.
Evelyn met Dalton Teague in high school. Their budding romance was cut short by the U.S. entry into World War II in 1941, and Dalton's volunteering to join the Army (he would serve as a field engineer in the European and Pacific theaters from 1942-45).
During the war, Evelyn served as Chief Nurse at a military hospital in El Paso. She developed close emotional bonds with a group of infantrymen who had suffered traumatic brain injuries, and experienced symptoms such as memory loss, sleep disturbances, and hallucinations. She was instrumental in the design of a series of sleep experiments to help these soldiers recall and process memories of their traumatic injuries; the results were published in a peer-reviewed medical journal (Alderton et al. "Dreams Prompt Recall of Repressed Memories in Patients with Cerebral Trauma," The Lancet #145, June 1943).
Evelyn was honorably discharged from the hospital at the war's conclusion, and she married Dalton shortly thereafter, in 1945. The couple would remain married until Dalton's death by heart attack in 2003.