RUTLAND, VT - Clarence A. "Skip" Adams III, 71, died Wednesday, March 31, 2010, in his home. He was born and raised in Connecticut, son of Marion and Clarence A. Adams Jr. He graduated from Lyman Hall High School, Wallingford, Connecticut, in 1956. He received a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Maintenance Technology from Boston University and a Bachelor of Science in Vocational and Industrial Arts Education from Central Connecticut State College. He was a pilot and a member of the Connecticut Air National Guard and the United States Air Force.
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He worked for Pratt and Whitney Aircraft developing the J-T-9 jet engine, taught at Boston University, The Choate School in Wallingford, CT, and gave piloting instruction at New Haven Airways and the University of New Haven. After moving to Vermont, he became the manager and flight instructor at Rutland Airways (now Rutland Southern Vermont Regional Airport) and consequently established Adams Aviation Ltd., assuming the lease and full control of the airport. Upon leaving the airport, Skip established Adams Enterprises, a one-man pickup truck cap, manufacturing operation.
After a hang-gliding accident, while involved in a search-and-rescue operation that left him a paraplegic, he became co-owner of Prints of Wales of Rutland, produced needlepoint and cross-stitch kits for fraternities and rebuilt computers. He was also a percussionist, a member of the Shriners Patrol and Drum Corps and achieved the rank of major of the Civil Air Patrol Vermont Wing with extensive aviation search-and-rescue training.
He is survived by his daughter, Lisa (Adams) Patch, and her husband, Donald, and their children, Kevin and Katelyn of Mount Holly; son, Troy Adams and his wife, Christina, and their children, Damien and Marah of Ludlow; and a sister, Sandra Springer, and husband, John, of Connecticut.
He was predeceased by his ex-wife, Jeanne L. Arthur of Mount Holly, VT.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in memory of Skip to Shriners Hospitals for Children, c/o Cairo Shriners, 51 Washington Street, Rutland, VT 05701 or The Civil Air Patrol Vermont Wing, 206 Airport Parkway, P.O. Box 9373, South Burlington, Vermont.
Per Skip's wishes, there will be no calling hours and a private service will be held at a later date.
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Published in Rutland Herald on Apr. 3, 2010