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Anthony Adams

Anthony Barbour (Tony) Adams was born in Rutland, Vermont on August 27, 1936 and died at the Houston Hospice on November 13, 2013. Tony graduated from Rutland Vermont High School then earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University and a professional degree in architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he was a member of the Tau Beta Phi Engineering Honor Society. He served three years in the U.S. Navy on an Atlantic Fleet destroyer as a communications, cryptography, and intelligence officer.
Tony served as President of the Vermont Chapter and the New England Council of the American Institute of Architects and was a member of the Institute's National Regional Planning Committee. His interest in environmental and public planning led to his being co-founder and convener of the Burlington Vermont Planning Commission's Design Review Board and Director of the Vermont National Resources Council. Additional public service to the state of Vermont included the Governor's Commission on Employment of the Handicapped, where he assisted in drafting the standards that were to become part of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the State Architectural Barriers Review Board.
He moved to Houston in 1980 and joined the nationally known architectural firm of Morris Aubry where he specialized in library design and won a number of design awards. In 1992 Tony semi-retired to western Oklahoma with his wife, Elaine. There they raised cattle and established a vineyard, which resulted in a "boutique" winery with an international clientele. When they returned to Houston in 2006 Tony became active in church volunteer work. In retirement he remained an avid skier while he and Elaine enjoyed birding, the symphony, ballet, the opera and traveling the world.
He is survived by his wife, Elaine Ross Adams, sons Alec and Geoff and daughter Amy of Vermont, step-children Dr. Ronald Robinson of Boulder, Colorado, and Dr. Emily Robinson of Houston and seven wonderful grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas Ave, on Thursday, November 21st at 10:00am. Remembrances may be made to Christ Church Cathedral or to www.sonrisainternational.org.


Published in Houston Chronicle on Nov. 17, 2013
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