George Richard Adams ’42

George Richard Adams ’42 died on October 14, 2007, in Ellsworth, Maine.

Born on October 21, 1919, in Ellsworth, he prepared for college at Ellsworth High School and at the Coburn Classical Institute in Waterville, and became a member of Zeta Psi Fraternity at Bowdoin. Following his graduation in 1942, he attended the Midshipman School at Columbia University and served in the U.S. Navy on minesweepers in the Atlantic and Pacific during World War II from 1942 to 1946, attaining the rank of lieutenant. From 1946 to 1950, he attended the University of Pennsylvania Dental School, from which he received his D.D.S. degree in 1951. He maintained a dental practice in Ellsworth from 1952 until his retirement in 1982. He played an important role in introducing fluoridation to Ellsworth’s water supply in the 1960s. He was a member of the Ellsworth Jaycees, served one term on the Ellsworth City Council, and was the honorary mayor for Ellsworth’s bicentennnial celebration in 1963. He raised sheep, and was once described by writer E.B.White as “…the most accommodating dentist in Hancock County” for shearing Mr.White’s sheep. His marriage to Esther Kinsey in 1950 ended in divorce in 1970. He is survived by a son, John Q. Adams of Ellsworth; two daughters, Juliet K. Adams of Surry and Suzanne K. Adams of Lexington, Mass.; two granddaughters; and two sisters, Alice A. Anderson of Bangor and Jean C. O’Meara of Hancock Point.