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Thomas Barrows Adams


1930 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Thomas Barrows Adams Obituary
Thomas Barrows Adams
Mar 25, 1930 - Jul 28, 2014
Walnut Creek, CA
Thomas Adams was born to Frank G. and Elizabeth B. Adams in Berkeley, CA. He attended Berkeley High School and U.C Berkeley, where he was a member of Sigma Phi and rowed on the JV and Varsity crews. He and his fellow oarsmen won two Pacific Coast Championships and an invitation to compete in the New Zealand National Championship and the 1952 Olympic trials. Tom went on to graduate from UC Berkeley law school and enjoyed a long career as an Eminent Domain attorney in San Mateo. He maintained a life-long devotion to the Cal Bears.
Tom had four children with his first wife, Marion Lyman Adams, and welcomed four step children into his life with his marriage to Loretta Faye Adams. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Lorrie, and sister, Nancy. He is survived by all eight children, 16 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, two nieces and a nephew, and many longstanding friends.
Tom readily connected with those around him through his genuine interest in people, gift for conversation, sense of humor, and delight in a good debate. We will miss his booming voice and soft heart.
The date and location for a Memorial Service has not yet been announced. Tom loved animals. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Peninsula Humane Society.
Published in Inside Bay Area on Aug. 3, 2014
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