Just heard about Leah's passing. My condolences go out to the entire family. Jenny and Moo - you had a great mom. I remember putting my feet under the Adam's dinner table and it was always a wonderful event. Hugs to you all.
I just learned of Leah's passing more than four months ago. She had a magnetic personality, was a good listener, and was always friendly and supportive.
I remember her telling me which side of the cruise ship was the best, depending on the ports one would visit. Talk about considering the details of success!
I did not know of her undergraduate work in Home Economics at Ohio State -- at the same time I was studying at Purdue. I wish we had compared notes. She was a winner in life.
Much has been said about Dr. Adams' achievements and contributions in Early Childhood Education; they are impressive beyond words. She was a passionate advocate for young children throughout the world. But when I think of Leah.... most of all I will remember her thoughtfulness. In the months before her death while undergoing chemotherapy she sent copies of photos and personal notes to former EMU students that brought back memories of our wonderful adventure in Davos and the times we gathered at her beautiful home just so we could be together again. After receiving my Christmas letter this year, she took the time to send me a note telling me that she and Tim "loved it" along with some personal sweet words to me. Who does these acts of kindness at such a traumatic time? Only an exceptional woman...exceptional in so many ways. We will not see the like of her again.
I am a college friend, who enjoyed many moments with her as we hurried to class, and shared our new knowledge. Leah and I were roommates for a quarter our senior year. I remember we used to checked one another to be sure our seams in our hose were straight. I loved her so very much and cherish our years together in college. She was an inspiration to me. God bless you Tim and your family. Doris Baird Berdanier.
Leah was an incredible inspiration and guiding light, especially during the early years of my career. I am so thankful for her support, her energy, and her warmth.She set the bar high for those who follow. I sincerely miss her.
My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Dr. Adams. May God bless you all.
Lowell and I extend our sincere sympathy to Tim and family. Leah was a welcoming and gracious woman. Her generatively and creativity was admirable. She will be missed by many.
Kristina and Lowell Weiner
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Dear Adams Family,
I am sorry for your loss. Leah was a great person and a strong leader on behalf of children. We will all miss her wisdom as well as her style of enjoying her retirement. Alice Whiren
I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Dr. Leah Adams. Dr. Adams was my advisor when I began working on my Master's Degree at Eastern Michigan University in 1970. It was Dr. Adams who convinced me to earn my Early Childhood Endorsement (ZA). She said it would serve me well. She became my inspiration as well as my mentor. Throughout my 44 years as a teacher, Department Chair of Early Childhood Education and Director of Michigan Head Start-State Collaboration Office, I was fortunate to keep in contact with Dr. Adams. She always was interested in what I was doing and the projects I was working on. She also encouraged me to be an advocate for early childhood education. My advisor-became my colleague!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart Dr. Adams. May you rest in peace.
Dear Adams family, please accept our deepest sympathy and know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.
May your soul rest in the peace of God's bosom. And, may your family be comforted in knowing that we share in their sorrow. But, we all rejoice in that we shall meet again in eternity.
Martha Baiyee and Family
Your soul is now free to explore the vast universe--
to see and hear more marvelous wonders,
to experience expansive growth.
Happy and glorious traveling.
Prayers for your family and loved ones, and all who loved you,
Judy Spitler McKee, Prof. Emerita
We have known Leah for many years as a result of our friendship with her daughter Michelle and husband Jim. Even though we knew that she was a very accomplished women, until we read the obituary we had no idea as to the extent of her talents. Amazing women. She will be sadly missed by all whose lives she touched far and wide. We have the privilege now of watching those talents live on through the lives of the wonderful family she leaves behind. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Dr. Leah Adams was an amazing person. Although I never met her in person, she was always very kind in providing her suggestions and sharing her experience. She will be missed. My prayers are with the family.
Dear Adams Family,
So sorry to hear of the loss your mother. Our hearts are with you.
It is a very sad news to hear about the passing of Leah. She was a respected colleague, a leader in the development of the Early Childhood Education at EMU, and even found time to help with our overseas project in Yemen. I fondly remember when Leah and Tim invited Judy and me for a sail in their boat. Happy memories of our associations with Leah will live on. Please allow us to join you in your prayers.
Leah was always sweet and kind whether it was stopping by to say hello or asking for some specific information.
Besides all of her accomplishments, intelligence etc. her open and friendly demeanor made those who came in contact with her feel at ease. Those whose paths crossed will always remember her.
Leah was a leader in the EC field and a mentor who nurtured my growth as an educator and writer. She had an amazing knack of "connecting" to people quickly and genuinely!
Dear Tim and your family:
Leah's passing must be an incredibly painful time for you all. I can't stop thinking about her. I am praying for you and I am very thankful to have known Leah and her brother Paul. Leah and I were second cousins in the Casper family. Since Leah and her brother Paul lived only about ten miles or so from the farm where my sister Dorothy Casper Vetrone and I lived, we often visited at their home when we were all young children in the 1930's. (I'm three years older than Leah.) My father George Casper filled in doing the farming at the Casper-Dutenhaver farm for about a year after the untimely death of Leah's father, John Dutenhaver when Leah was about four or five years old. That tragedy did give us four cousins the opportunity to have more time together.
After my sister and I moved to Canton, Ohio, we cousins mostly saw each other at family reunions. Then we went our separate ways in life, until only a few years ago my sister and I re-established a relationship with Leah and Tim. Leah and my sister Dorothy (May she rest in peace) became the most important people in my life along with my children and grandchildren. I'm very happy that many of you had a wonderful cruise trip together with Leah only a short time ago.
My heart goes out to you all for the loss of a wonderful woman.
We send our very deepest sympathy to Tim and his family. Leah was one of those extra special people you meet in life. Her youthful energy was contagious along with her endless curiosity to discover more about our world. She was gracious, kind and engaging. We feel very fortunate to have known her.
Leah was not only one of the most intelligent people I have ever met, but she also had the most amazing sense of humor, love of learning,zest for life, and deep passion for making the world a better place! I have worked with her on a number of projects and loved every second. I want to be like Leah when I grow up and will miss her terribly!
My sincere condolences to Tim and the family.
Dear Michelle and Family, What a special person your mother was! We hope the good memories will be a comfort to you all.
You are in our prayers.
Leah was a joy to know and to hear speak; she told a story, even in routine board meetings, when ever she reported out on something. I recall once attending a conference in Ann Arbor and realizing as I approached the city that Ypsilanti was neighboring city. I phoned her, not expecting to see her, only to find out she was attending an event I was to go to that evening. She took me on a gala tour of Ann Arbor (really!) and we visited her home with its amazing view of woods and sunlight. I will miss her humor, her many skills, and her complete commitment to children and families around the world. Blessings to Tim and her family always. --Edna Ranck (Washington, DC)
Leah had a tremendous influence on early childhood education. She was a leader in the field and a mentor who encouraged me in the early stages of my career. She leaves a lasting legacy in the US and abroad.
I always appreciated Leah's warmth and enthusiasm, and never met anyone who enjoyed travel as much as she did.
My thoughts are with her family.
Leah was a great lady. It was an honor to know her. She will be missed.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
I met & knew Leah through our mutual interest: weaving. The Warped
Weavers is a subgroup of the A.A. Fiberarts Guild & we participated in
many projects. She was so eager to learn, explore,& make things better:
hence, the organization of our library. I will surely miss her talent, verve,
& humor. She was a wonderful lady. Kathy Scott
Leah had such great spirit thru all of her struggles! I was so impressed and hope that I will feel the same if the time comes. She had a goal, and sadly she missed it. We will truly miss her and send all of our love toTim and her family. God speed, Leah!
Leah Adams was one of the pioneers and champions of early childhood. Her leadership was essential to the field. She was a woman of such warm grace.
My deepest sympathy to Leah's family. She was a very dear friend and professional soulmate. It was always enlightening to meet Leah at early childhood/child development/international professional meetings, to share leadership roles for our joint associations/organizations, and to exchange our professorial experiences. Her energy was always amazing, her "can do" spirit was inspiring, and her devotion to her family and profession was without question. She made a difference in the lives of so many around the world as well as in our country.
It always comes as a shock when someone you like passes away. I have known and worked with Leah for 45 years. She was wonderfully talented, had great compassion, was extremely well organized, and liked being helpful. She had a great impact on the Early Childhood program at Eastern Michigan University as well as providing national and international leadership to the professional organizations to which she belonged. It will not be easy to find another who has performed so many duties so well.
I trust that you can find comfort in her achievements and the friends she made along the way. She will be sorely missed.
I hope that family and friends can find peace after losing someone special. I know Gard and if he is anything like his mom she must have been amazing. God Bless you all in this time of loss.
Dr. Leah Adms was a professor of mine at EMU and I was reconnected with her through MiAEYC. Her compassion for children and families shone thru every encounter with her. Her memory will live on in the many people whose lives she touched!! My condolences to the family.
Leah was a delightful woman; so full of life. I'm glad I got a chance to know her. My deepest condolences to her family.
Leah was such a special person, I feel blessed to have been one of her friends. I miss her already.
What a sad surprise. I always admired Leah for her dedication to education and her leadership as a teacher, researcher,and universal reputation as an expert in her field. When you add her wonderful personal characteristics, she was indeed one of a kind. I enjoyed our association during the many years we spent together at Eastern and always looked forward to our meetings at the many EMU functions after our retirements. She will be greatly missed.
May God bless you and your family at this most difficult time.
My Prayers are with the family.
Leah was a very sweet and kind person. I knew her as a weaver in the Ann Arbor Fiberart Guild, where she was very active and made many contributions, especially in organizing the library. Her generous spirit will be remembered and missed. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.
Joyce and Bob LaVasseur, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Words cannot express how I feel about losing my dear friend of 24 years, Leah Adams. She was one of a kind and always a pleasure to be around. Always had great stories to tell and such a loving, caring person. You will dearly be missed, Leah. My thoughts and prayers go out to Tim and all the family members.
May she rest in peace. Dr. Adams established the foundation for my educational philosophy and practice via my Master's degree in Early Childhood Education. She was always so supportive and interested as I stretched to integrate my special education background with new learning about early childhood development. The blending of the two was just beginning to occur in the mid-70's. I ran into her many times over the years, and she was always so warm and affirming of my work in the Ann Arbor Schools. I am grateful for her significant contribution to my professional life. My thoughts are with her family.
Leah Adams always presented a positive outlook and caring attitude about high quality early childhood education and early childhood teachers education. I, and her colleagues in the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators, remember her with respect as a wonderful professional model.
Doris Pronin Fromberg, Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York
Words cannot express how much we will miss Leah. Her zest for knowledge, enthusiasm, love of life, extraordinary accomplishments and kindness were truly amazing. Our friendship of about 40 years will always be cherished.
Our sincere condolences Tim to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time.
Mike and Jan White
My sincere condolences to the Adams family in their time of grief.
At times like these, 'God can give us "power beyond what is normal," so we can keep going from one day to the next. (2 Cor.4:7) May your memories of Leah continue to bring the family comfort during this difficult time.
I knew Leah as a wonderful weaver, having only started our friendship a few years ago. I am deepely saddened and will miss her! Leah and her husband Tim were the most gracious of hosts when I stayed with them while teaching for the Ann Arbor Fiber guild, and they made sure I learned about all kinds of things as well! I was so fortunate that our friendship continued after my teaching gig was over and carried on for many years. My deepest sympathies to Tim and their children and grandchildren! How lucky they are all, as was anyone who knew Leah, to have her in their lives!!
Leah was a wonderful mentor and teacher. She supported me in so many ways as I began my career as a faculty member in Early Childhood Education. She was always a joy to work with. My heartfelt condolences to Tim and all her family.
Leah was my graduate adviser, friend and former neighbor. I am deeply saddened by her passing and extend my sincere sympathy to Tim and her family.
I was so sorry to hear of Leah's death but know that her great contributions to her many students, her work in international venues, her leadership in early childhood, and her boundless enthusiasm for making the world better for children will be lasting legacies. She was a good friend, a great colleague, and a wonderful person and she will be greatly missed. My sincere condolences to her family.
As my colleague at EMU Leah was gracious and kind to me when I was a new faculty member. She showed me the ropes and shepherded me giving me just enough help but not too much. I am so sorry that she has gone. She leaves a large space in the field of early childhood education in Michigan, the country and the world. She contributed so much and will be missed.
Sue Grossman, PhD (Kalamazoo, MI)
Dr. Adams was my general education student teaching supervisor and professor for many classes...undergrad and grad at EMU. I can still hear the things she taught me in my head to this day over 22 year later! The biggest thing I remember her teaching me was to never "ask" the kids to do things I expected them to do - don't say, "Do you want to line up?" say, "You need to line up." She was a wonderful role model and will be missed!
Dr. Adams was a great friend to The Discovery Center. She was an amazing mentor and teacher in the field of early childhood education. She will be greatly missed. Loving thoughts and prayers to her family.
I was shocked and saddened to hear of Leah's passing. I met her after she retired, and knew her as a fiber artist/weaver. Leah was a very active member and volunteer with the Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild. I will miss Leah's energy, enthusiasm, graciousness, and colorful presence. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to her family.
Leah was a fantastic professional, known/appreciated/loved world wide for her commitment and contributions to early childhood education. She will be sorely missed.
I was saddened to hear the news of Ms. Adams passing. Cancer is a menace and must be defeated. I understand that she fought just as she fought for the rights of young children. Her voice will be missed.
Patience Raiford (Detroit, MI)
Dr. Adams made a huge contribution to the field of Early Childhood Education and Care. She conducted her classes with the expertise and professionalism that continues to support many early childhood educators in the field. She will be missed and her contributions and memories will live on.
My thoughts and prayers are with Leah's family and friends. She will be thought of and missed by many.
Leah was a mentor of mine, hiring me to co-teach a class with her at EMU when I was in graduate school, and later as we conducted research and collaborated on an article. She will be missed by friends, and by the field of early childhood education.
What a sad day! We have lost not only a dear colleague and friend but also a passionate advocate for children and families. Many lives have been touched and changed for the better because of Leah's presence. I am one of the people who have benefitted tremendously from her kindness and love. I consider myself privileged for having worked on a shared vision for the book we co-edited in 2006. I am forever indebted to Tim and Leah for their hospitality during my stayed in their lovely home to work with Leah on our book. I will miss Leah dearly. My thoughts are with Tim and family in this most difficult time!