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Alexander M. Adair

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Alexander M ADAIR Monroe, WA. The son of Col. Alexander Adair and mother Irene, he grew up on various Army posts throughout his childhood, including Hawaii, Wyoming and Washington. He graduated from the University of Washington with a BS in Chemistry and was a member of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, the Husky marching band, and Husky track team. Commissioned as a 2nd Lt. Infantry Reserve (USAF) in 1941, at McChord Field , he was assigned to the 81st Squadron and 12th Bomb Group aka 'The Earthquakers' during WWII. They saw action throughout the world , attacking the Germans in Italy, Egypt and Africa , and the Japanese in India and Burma. As adjutant and executive officer, he held that position until rotated to the US from India in 1944. He then accepted commission as Captain, USAF Reserve in 1945. He also had two years active duty during the Korean War. He remained active with the Air Force Reserve and retired as Lt. Colonel. In 1950 he married Janet S. Hadden and became a devoted husband and father in Seattle, WA. He served 25 years as system analyst for Unigard Insurance Co., automating accounting, personnel and finance, until retirement in 1986. Alex had many talents and interests. Very musical, he enjoyed playing his saxophone and listening to big band music. He loved the Pacific Northwest, enjoying hiking , fishing, and skiing. He also was an avid photographer and enjoyed developing his own pictures and shooting home movies of his travels and family adventures. He also had an interest in politics and was a devoted Republican, serving as a delegate for Ronald Reagan at the Republican National Convention in 1976. Most of all he was devoted to his wife, children and grandchildren, always taking an interest in all their activities and accomplishments. Alex enjoyed the last two years of his life living at Merrill Gardens in Monroe, Wa, where he was able to enjoy their excellent care, and going for walks on their lovely grounds. He was preceded in death by his wife Janet, in 2009, and his sister Valerie Merrill in 2011. He is survived by his children, Nancy (Abell), Larry Adair, and Suzanne (Huizenga) and six grandchildren. Memorial service will be 2:00 Saturday, January 21, 2012 at Floral Hills Cemetery 409 Filbert Rd, Lynnwood, WA. Arrangements by Purdy & Walters at Floral Hills. Donations can be made to Classical King FM 98.1 radio station. www.KING.org. Visit www.DignityMemorial.com for tribute to Alex.
Published in The Seattle Times on Jan. 19, 2012
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