William Packard Adams ’35 died on November 23, 2005, in Portland, Maine.
Born on December 30, 1912, in Providence, RI, he prepared for college at the Kent School in Connecticut and at the Providence Country Day School and became a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity at Bowdoin. He attended the College in 1931-32 before transferring to Brown University, from which he graduated magna cum laude in 1935. During the next six years, he was an apprentice at Bath Iron Works in the pipe shop, sheet metal shop, mold loft, hull drawing room, production department, and trial run crew. In 1941, he was transferred to the South Portland Shipyard as production manager for Todd- Bath Shipbuilding Corporation, and he was transferred in 1943 to the New England Shipbuilding Corporation as the naval architect for the construction of 236 Liberty ships for the U.S. Maritime Corps. From 1945 to 1980, he was president of Engineering Services, Inc., designing industrial and commercial facilities. After his retirement, he spent some years designing and making changes required in the Boy Scout facilities at Camp Kinds in Raymond, and was rewarded with the presentation of the Silver Beaver Award for distinguished service to youth. He was a member of the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Portland, where he sang in the choir and served on a number of committees. In 1950, he was president of Fathers & Sons, Inc. in Cape Elizabeth. Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth Palmer Adams, of Portland; a son, J. Howard Adams of Crockett, CA; a daughter, Jane A. Morhart of Bernard; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.