Memorial Funeral Chapel—College Station

2901 Texas Ave South, College Station, TX


Evelyn Tiffany Castiglioni

January 4, 1954November 12, 2019
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On the morning of Tuesday November 12, 2019, Evelyn Tiffany-Castiglioni, loving wife and mother of two children, passed away at age 65.

Evelyn was born in El Paso, TX to Frances and Robert Tiffany on January 4, 1954. She attended college at the University of Texas at El Paso, and then graduate school at University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. She met her husband, Joe, there and they married on December 28, 1977. Evelyn obtained a Doctorate in Genetics and then completed a Postgraduate Fellowship at UCLA. She joined the Faculty of Texas A&M University College of Medicine in 1982 to study cellular toxicology. She eventually became Department Head of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences, a position she held for 19 years, and later became Assistant Provost. She was a skilled musician and played several musical instruments, including harp, accordion, and mandolin. She was named Master Harper at the Houston Scottish Highland Games. For more than 12 years she organized and led the contra dance band Jalapeno Honey. She selected, arranged and played all of the band’s extensive repertoire.

Evelyn began writing and arranging short musical pieces ten years ago and began publishing them in books for treble instruments and cello. Her musical compositions and arrangements have been performed by the Albany String Orchestra, The Austin Mandolin Orchestra and others. Recordings of performances of her compositions by other musicians have been placed online. She has enriched the lives of many with her love of music and desire to share it.

In her work as a teacher she often used music to make scientific knowledge more accessible by writing mnemonics to the tunes of popular songs. She was a compassionate and enthusiastic mentor and supervisor.

Evelyn is preceded in death by her father, Robert S. Tiffany Jr. and mother Frances J. Tiffany. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Aldo Joseph Castiglioni Jr; her daughter Anna Castiglioni and son-in-law John Mugavero, and son Peter Castiglioni; and two brothers, Robert (Katrina) Tiffany III, and John (Kerry) Tiffany.


  • Aldo Joseph Castiglioni, Jr., Father
  • Peter Castiglioni, Son
  • Anna Castiglioni & John Mugavero, Daughter & Son-in-law
  • Robert & Katrina Tiffany III, Brother & Sister-in-law
  • John & Kerry Tiffany, Brother & Sister-in-law
  • Robert Tiffany, Sr., Father (deceased)
  • Frances James, Mother (deceased)


  • Visitation Saturday, November 16, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 16, 2019


Evelyn Tiffany Castiglioni

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Margaret Slater

November 27, 2019

Dear Joe, Anna and Peter and the rest of Evelyn's family,
I knew Evelyn for a long time. We walked dogs together, ate potatoes, shared some thanksgivings and christmas and went riding at Lathi's. I heard histology teaching songs, learned to play the harp with small hands, learned how different, different harps sounded, shared ETC with my parents. I can't imagine what a loss this has been. Evelyn was so special.
My deepest sympathies to you all.

Linda Byers

November 18, 2019

I saw Evelyn infrequently, but I so loved her accordion music in Jalapeno Honey. Dancing to her music was a marvelous experience. Her willingness to drive 2 hours to play for a dance was amazing. Thanks, Evelyn, you will be missed in the Contra Community.

Bill Klemm

November 17, 2019

I worked in Evelyn's department during her entire tenure at A&M. She was a strong person, strong scientist, strong leader. I was honored to be among those who recommended her for early promotion to full professor. My condolences go out to Joe and the family.

Susan McLaughlin

November 16, 2019

Evelyn is a well-known name to many musicians in the world of classical mandolin. Her compositions and arrangements have delighted many performers and audiences around the continent. In my own home orchestra, everyone knows about ‘Evelyn’s Books’ and we’ve used them at countless playouts. Her material was accessible, and her musical influence extended far. She will be missed. Our condolences to Evelyn’s family.

Rebecca Gonnell ( Gonella)

November 16, 2019

Joe, Anna and Peter. My deepest condolences and sympathies, as well as to my cousins John and Robert Tiffany. I pray that our good Lord shine his loving grace and blessings upon you during this difficult time as cousin Evelyn moves on to the next dimension. Love never dies.
Becki Gonella & son Jim Pharr.

Kristen Huntley

November 16, 2019

Dear Joe, Anna, and Peter:
We are thinking of you and sending love your way during this difficult time. I wish we could be there in person to support and comfort you as you celebrate Evelyn's life and grieve that she will not be there physically as a daily presence in your lives. Parents and those we love will always be with us in who we are and have become and in our memories. I hope that great memories of Evelyn are a source of comfort now and of happiness in the future for a life well-lived. I remember Evelyn as an incredibly smart, kind, and talented woman who was married to my cousin Joe and who played the harp beautifully. When I was in graduate school at A&M I was always impressed that she was a Department Head at the School of Medicine and had it all - family, career, hobbies she enjoyed. What a terrific role model! Time with family is a treasure. Remembering Evelyn and your family with love and thankfulness and sending uplifting wishes to you - Kristen, Clayton, Steven and Isabel Huntley

John Bloom

November 15, 2019

Evelyn was a key contributor to SE Texas contra dance, along with her band Jalapeno Honey. She was a pleasure to work with. She will be missed.

Ann Luginbuhl

November 15, 2019

Such a beautiful, vibrant, enthusiastic soul was wrapped in the body of Evelyn. Her joy, kindness, generosity and talent were deeply appreciated in Downiest Maine where we were lucky to lure her for mandolin camp. I am absolutely positive she and Chris Guida are "playing tunes" and having a grand old time somewhere else now.
My deepest sympathy to Joe, Anna and Peter. You were so lucky to have her but I know she has left an unfathomably large hole in your lives.

Matthew Rector

November 15, 2019

I have known the Castiglioni family since the mid-1990s. When I was around Dr. Castiglioni, she was always very sweet to me and made me feel at home. I remember Anna telling me about the harp, etc. rentals they had. and Dr. Castiglioni offered. I also was around Peter and Dr. Castiglioni’s husband. All are kind people to me.

Susan Hadix

November 15, 2019

We are heartbroken to hear of sweet Evelyn's passing. We met her 3 years ago through playing the Harp. In the short amount of time we got to know Evelyn, we grew to love her. A dear soul who we will miss greatly! Our loving thoughts and prayers to the family.

Jake, Susan, Brooke and Kathryn Hadix
-pictured below, my daughter Kathryn playing one of Evelyn's harps