HAMPTON - David Adamson, 85, passed away Monday, Sept. 26, 2005. He was born May 10, 1920, in Sunderland, County Durham, England, the only son among two children of Robert and Jane Adamson. In 1940, he enrolled in King's College, Durham University, in Newcastle and studied mechanics. He was graduated in 1943, achieving the top examination score in the college for that year. During World War II, he performed aeronautical research at the Royal Aircraft Establishment in Farnborough. After the war, he was selected for participation in a British-U.S. exchange scientist program with the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics (NACA). He came to Hampton, where he met the love of his life, Nannie. They married in 1950. He lectured in thermodynamics at Brown University, Providence, R.I., and worked briefly at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab in Silver Spring, Md. He began working at NACA, later NASA, in 1954. During his career he worked generally in aerodynamics. He focused on high-speed aircraft and supported the Mercury project by providing a series of talks on the solar system to the seven original astronauts. He retired from NASA in 1980 but continued to contribute as a distinguished research associate until 1988. In retirement, he and Nannie enjoyed visiting England, Scotland and Wales. They were also avid participants in square dancing in the local area. His beloved Nannie passed away in 1998. He is survived by relatives in England, Hampton and Pensacola, Fla., and many friends and associates in Hampton, all of whom will miss him greatly. A graveside service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at the Parklawn Memorial Park by the Rev. Susan Coply of St. John's Episcopal Church in Hampton, Va. Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Ave., Hampton.
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Published in Daily Press on September 28, 2005