William "Bill" Francis Adams|
Resident of San Ramon
William ("Bill") Francis Adams, age 63, San Ramon, California - a true Tour de Force
Bill courageously fought and had won a battle against Stage III melanoma only to pass away suddenly and unexpectedly of a heart attack on May 10, 2014.
Bill was born on December 13, 1950, in Los Angeles, California. His parents were Edward Ernest Adams and Lynn (Cady) Adams. He enjoyed ranch life growing up in the then-rural Simi Valley with older brothers Charles Adams (deceased) and Thomas Adams.
Bill was raised in the Catholic faith and attended middle school at St. Ferdinand's and graduated from Alemany High School in 1968. Bill was thrilled with the recent rekindling of those friendships at reunions and through witty, spirited Facebook exchanges. Bill was on the high school wrestling team and was the yearbook photographer.
Bill received his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from University of California, Santa Barbara (Phi Beta Kappa) and his juris doctor from University of California, Los Angeles, where he was a member of the UCLA Law Review.
While at UCLA, Bill was an extern at the White House in its Office of Telecommunications during the momentous political events of 1974 and was present when Nixon resigned over the Watergate scandal. During his externship, Bill wrote a law review article for the Yale Law Journal that garnered national news coverage, and contributed to the implementation of a project called "spread spectrum," now better known as WiFi.
After admission to the State Bar in 1975, Bill worked in the legal department of Southern Pacific Railroad and was responsible for the cabooses being removed from trains. Bill later was a senior attorney at Hewlett Packard, and in the employment department of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. In 1996, Bill established his own law firm, William F. Adams Law Offices which specialized in plaintiff employment work. He was dedicated to his clients and took many cases rejected by other attorneys at personal risk in order to achieve justice for the underdog. He even worked steadfastly through his chemotherapy treatments, appearing in court after losing all his hair. His awards and honors included a Bar Association of San Francisco Champion of Justice Award, a US Department of Labor Excellence in Leadership Award, and a Distinguished Service Award from the California Psychological Association.
Bill retired in 2012 and enjoyed his many hobbies and interests. He was an avid photographer, gourmet chef, sports enthusiast, world traveler, sailor, history buff, animal lover, and enjoyed fishing.
Bill was the Secretary of the Commonwealth Club, the nation's oldest public affairs forum founded by his great-grandfather San Francisco Chronicle editorial writer Edward F. Adams in 1903, where he also served as legal counsel and club photographer.
Bill cherished spending time with his three grown sons Greg, Rob, and Kevin and Cassie who live in the Bay Area, each of whom he was enormously proud of, and enjoyed the quality time he was able to give to his youngest son at home, Dylan, who was his best friend.
Bill leaves behind his devastated, family: wife, Julie Lundgren, four sons: Kevin William Adams (Cassie Kifer), Robert Edward Adams, Gregory Richard Adams, William Dylan Adams, brother Thomas Adams (Debbi), Uncle Will and Aunt Dot, nephew Samuel Adams, nieces Christine Adams (Jim Asperger), Andrea Falabella (Andres), Angela Adams, and great-nephews and great-nieces Ryan Asperger, Sean Asperger, Kate Asperger, Christina Falabella, Sabrina Falabella, David Adams, his beloved pets Yukon and Winn-Dixie, and many grieving friends and colleagues.
Bill's family extend their gratitude to his oncologist at California Pacific Medical Center, David Minor, M.D. for his positive support and for keeping Bill among the small minority who win the battle against late-stage melanoma, and his other caring health care providers, William Hamstra, M.D., Paul Wotowic, M.D., and Mark Musco, M.D., and their staff.
Visitation and viewing for family, friends, and colleagues is at the Graham-Hitch Mortuary at 4167 First St, Pleasanton, Friday, May 16, 2014, from 5:00-9:00 p.m., with a private Christian burial on Saturday May 17, 2014. A Celebration of Bill's Life is being planned for a later date.
Bill's family requests any contributions made in his honor be directed to the Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94105, or California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute, 2015 Steiner Street, San Francisco, California 94115.
Published in Contra Costa Times on May 15, 2014