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Evelyn Lucille Eager was born on December 20, 1919 in Kenaston, Saskatchewan to John and Jessie (Mize) Eager. She was raised on the family farm east of Kenaston. Eager attended Aikins School, Kenaston High School and the Saskatoon Normal School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Saskatchewan (1947) and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in political science from the University of Toronto (1958).
After graduating from the Saskatoon Normal School, Eager taught at Aikins School and in the Paddockwood and Duval districts. From 1950 to 1961, she was Assistant Provincial Archivist for Saskatchewan, working out of the Saskatoon office. Eager was an assistant professor of Political Science at the University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus from 1961 to 1963, when she became secretary for the Saskatchewan Royal Commission on Taxation. In 1965, she moved to Thunder Bay, Ontario, where she was a professor of Political Science at Lakehead University. After her retirement in the early 1970s, she returned to Regina. Eager's book, "Saskatchewan Government: Politics and Pragmatism", was published in 1980.
Eager died in Regina on August 14, 1991.
Eager did not marry or have any children.