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James Waugh Adams ’41

Published in Nov.10, 1993, issue

THE CLASS LOST a devoted member when Jim Adams died July 10, 1993, after a series of circulatory and heart problems forced him to cancel plans to attend our 52nd reunion.

Born in Johnstown, Penn., he prepared at Exeter and was active in track and dramatics. At Princeton, where his father graduated in 1907, Jim majored in chemical engineering, managed 150lb. football, was assistant track manager, Triangle Club electrical manager, and vp. of Elm. Bill Shenk, Jim Maguire, Jim Copeland, and Bill Scott were roommates. He married Eleanore Mae "Muff" Horrigan in Dec. 1943. Jim's wartime work with army ordnance included an Abomb project assignment at Oak Ridge. Then, he served duPont as a chemical engineer, until retirement in 1979. He continued to work there through a manpower agency until shortly before he died.

Jim came to most Reunions, where his friendly and efficient presence as food manager was much appreciated, particularly at our 45th and 50th. He would bring prime mushrooms to class dinners. A master mechanic in all building trades, Jim lovingly restored the last two Adams homes, and his fine hand was evident in construction projects for Muff's Parish Church and for the Boy Scouts. On visits to Princeton, he often sported one orange and one black sock to bring the Tiger luck,

Lovely Muff; their children, Lynn, Jim Jr., Peter, Lloyd, John, Megan, Robert, and Katherine; and 18 grandchildren survive. We extend our deepest sympathy to them.

The Class of 1941

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Richard Perea *72 Says:

2013-10-07 11:13:40

I never new Jim Adams '41, but his son Jim Jr. is my business partner. If offspring are a testament to the father, then the Jim of whom I work alongside speaks volumes on behalf of his dad.
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