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January 23, 2008

Obituaries for Jan 24, 2008

Lewis R. Adams, 92

ATKINSON, N.H. | Col. Lewis R. "Bob" Adams, 92, a career Army officer, died in his home Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008 following a long illness. Col. Adams was the husband of Betty-Anne (Hardy) Adams.

Born in Bradford Oct. 7, 1915, he was the son of the late George A. and Elinor (Sheehan) Adams.

Upon graduating from Amesbury High School and Hebron Academy he attended Norwich University, graduating in 1939 with a degree in science.

He then entered the Army and began a long and illustrious military career, earning numerous decorations including the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, and the Army Commendation Medal. Also during his 30 years of commissioned service he held several command and staff positions, including command of a tank battalion in Europe during the war, a training battalion at Ft. Knox following the war, and three U.S. Constabulary Squadrons during the occupation of Germany. Later he served with the headquarters of U.S. Forces European Theatre in Frankfort. Upon his return to the states he served a three year tour as Professor of Military Science and Tactics at the University of Mass at Amherst. He later served with the Army Electronic Proving Ground in Arizona on the Staff and Faculty of the Army Command and Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, with the Seventh Logistical Command in Korea, and as deputy president of the Armor and Engineer Board at Ft. Knox.

Following his retirement at Ft. Knox in 1968, he moved with his family to Atkinson where he worked as a journalist, photographer, and columnist at the Haverhill Gazette.

Beside his wife of 65 years, he is survived by his son, Lewis R. Adams Jr. and his wife Doris of Weston, Fla.; daughters, Wendy Adams of New York, N.Y., Traci Adams-Mitchell and her husband Scott of Buena Park, Calif.; and grandchildren, Brooke Ferguson, Keaven Adams and Enzo Mitchell. He was the brother of the late Charles S. Adams.

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