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William Bernard Adams ’49

Published in Sept. 15, 2004, issue

Bill died July 25, 2003. He was 81.

Bill prepared for Princeton at Danville [Pa.] High School and served in the Army Field Artillery from 1941-45 in the European theater, reaching the rank of major. He was married with a family while at Princeton. He majored in chemical engineering.

After graduation Bill worked for Standard Oil of Ohio, and then was called to active duty for service in Japan and Korea. He was decorated for service in both World War II and Korea. His career was spent in oil refinery and chemical-plant management with several international companies. He retired in the late 1970s and spent winters in Augusta, Ga., and summers in Franklin, N.C. He enjoyed traveling, gardening, and oil painting, but his real love was maintaining his 1931 Ford Model A, which he used to commute from the Harrison Street Project to the campus while an undergraduate.

Bill was predeceased by his wife, Virginia, in 1992. He is survived by his son, William Jr., and a granddaughter. To them, the class extends its deepest sympathy on their loss of this fine man.

The Class of 1949

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