John W. Adams COLUMBIA - John W. Adams was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1929, the son of John Durrell and Jane Edmunds Adams, and grew up in Wellesley. He majored in history at Princeton University, where he began a lifelong appreciation of classical and avant-garde music. After college he worked at the Museum of Modern Art Film Library, the Cinmathque de Belgique and the Cinmathque Francaise. His interest in ethnographic film ultimately led him to anthropology and he obtained his doctorate in Social Relations from Harvard University in 1970. Field research among Native Americans on the West Coast of Canada formed the backbone of his book The Gitksan Potlatch. He taught at Fordham University in New York and was curator of the Northwest Coast Collections at the National Museum of Man (now Museum of Civilization) in Ottawa, Canada, before coming to the University of South Carolina where he taught anthropology for 30 years. Together with his wife, Alice Kasakoff Adams, he compiled a unique body of research documenting 300 years of American family migration, dating back to the Mayflower landing. John's lifelong interest in the arts, particularly in cutting-edge film, photography, and music, sustained him throughout his life. He served as the Visual Editor of the American Anthropologist, and his favorite course to teach was "Anthropology of Art". The loss of much of his eyesight forced him to retire in 2004, but he continued to travel, collect stamps (a hobby learned from his grandfather), mentor young people, and listen to music of all kinds. He was a supportive and adventurous companion to his wife Alice, a loving father to his daughter, Kaya Adams and his new son-in-law, Steele Means, sister to Jane Adams and uncle to Whitney King, Jennifer Bryan and Lisa Anne Auerbach. The family gratefully acknowledges the compassionate care given by so many in last months and wishes especially to acknowledge the excellent nursing provided at Intermedical Hospital of S.C. and by Hands and Hearts Home Care. Memorials can be sent to the Columbia Museum of Art, PO Box 2068, Columbia, SC 29202 or Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Avenue, Montgomery, AL 36104. The family will receive visitors from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, 2013, at Apartment 14C, Middleborough Condominiums, 1825 St. Julian Place, Columbia, S.C. A memorial service is planned for the future. Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is assisting the family. Please sign the online guestbook at www.dunbarfunerals.com.
The Guest Book is expired.
Published in The State on July 18, 2013