Adam died Oct. 22, 2020, of multiple sclerosis at age 75.

Born in England, he moved with his family to Thunder Bay (then Port Arthur), Ontario, Canada, in 1955. He completed a joint major in mathematics and philosophy at McGill University in 1963, and a Ph.D. in philosophy at Princeton in 1972 under the supervision of Paul Benacerraf ’52 *60. 

After a non-tenure-track teaching job at Princeton, Adam took a post at the University of Ottawa. Adam became the chair in philosophy at the University of Bristol at the age of 35. At Bristol Adam met his third wife, Susanna Braund, an eminent classicist who joined the Yale faculty in 2000. To follow her, Adam took posts at Michigan and Oklahoma. After a post at the University of Alberta, his last move was to the University of British Columbia to join Susanna.

Adam’s work spanned the gamut of professional philosophy, logic and epistemology, philosophy of language and mind, ethics, and the philosophy of emotions. President of the Aristotelean Society from 1989 to 1999, he was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

He is survived by his wife, Susanna; son Stephen; daughter Edith; and three grandchildren.

Graduate memorials are prepared by the APGA. 

Graduate Class of 1972