Dr. George Richard Adams ’42

Dr. George Richard Adams ’42, once described by E. B. White as “the most accommodating dentist in Hancock County,” died October 14, 2007, in Ellsworth, Maine.

Dr. George Richard Adams ’42, once described by E. B. White as “the most accommodating dentist in Hancock County,” died October 14, 2007, in Ellsworth, Maine. He was born in Ellsworth on October 21, 1919, and prepared for college at Ellsworth High School and Coburn Classical Institute. At Bowdoin, he was a member of Zeta Psi fraternity and played on the College’s first intercollegiate basketball team. After graduation, he enrolled in Midshipman School at Columbia University and served on minesweepers in the Atlantic and Central Pacific from 1942 to 1945, attaining the rank of lieutenant. In 1950 he married Esther Kinsey of Quakertown, Pa., and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Dental School in 1951. He then returned to Ellsworth to start his dental practice on Main Street above his father’s store, where he remained until his retirement in 1982. He was instrumental in introducing fluoridation to Ellsworth’s water supply in the late 1960s. He belonged to the Ellsworth Jaycees and served one term on the Ellsworth City Council. In 1969 he and his wife were divorced, and he raised his children as a single father. He also raised sheep as a hobby, and hosted many school field trips to his farm during the spring lambing season. He won praise from E.B. White for his shearing of White’s sheep.
He also was an avid gardener and woodworker, crafting scale-model projects of his own design. In retirement, he built a cottage on Contention Cove, Surry, on a lot where a family cottage had once stood. Until his eyesight failed, he was a voracious reader, Scrabble player, and crossword puzzler. He loved National Public Radio, sauerkraut, and Gordon’s gin. He is survived by his son John Q. Adams; daughters Juliet K. Adams and Suzanne K. Adams; sisters Alice A. Anderson and Jean C. O’Meara; and two granddaughters. He was predeceased by two sisters, Rachel Barker and Edith C. Adams.