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James Taylor Adams ’69

Published in Mar. 12, 2003, issue

Jim died Oct. 16, 2002, in Lawrenceville, N.J., of a cerebral hemorrhage. A 1965 graduate of the Lawrenceville School, Jim had been a teacher there for 25 years. He served the school in an extraordinary range of capacities, including English master, assistant varsity basketball coach, housemaster, and assistant headmaster. He was honored with the Class of 1965 James T. Adams Chair for Distinguished Teaching.

A native of Oneida, N.Y., Jim received a master's in English from Boston U. He was a former director of Lawrenceville's camp for underprivileged inner-city students.

A memorial service, held in the Edith Memorial Chapel at Lawrenceville on Nov. 16, was attended by a number of classmates. Mike Fremuth '69, who spoke at the service, reflected on the gift that Jim's life represented. Jim's wife of 30 years, Joanne, captured it all eloquently: "Jim was a good man and, by all accounts, he made a difference. He loved his life." He is survived by his mother, Esther; his daughter, Jennifer Adams; his son, Jared; sister Ann Garwig; and brother Stephen. Jim and his family were well known for their community service.

Our class joins many friends and admirers in mourning Jim's passing.

The Class of 1969

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