September 6, 2012
John Marion Adams of Naples, Fla., passed away on September 6, 2012.
He was married to Patricia (Booth) Adams, who survives him.
He was born on March 16, 1921, the son of the late A. Milton and Anna May (Fallowfield) Adams. A 1942 graduate of Lehigh University, he received his BS degree in Civil Engineering. On graduation, he was commissioned in the Corps of Engineers and subsequently served as a line and staff officer in the 175th General Service Regiment (Corps of Engineers) U. S. Army in Africa, Sicily and Italy. He was decorated for the construction of two major highway and railroad bridges over the Po River in Italy in 1945.
Before leaving his position in the U. S. Army Reserves, he was offered the command of an Engineer (General Services) Regiment but declined to return to full civilian status. On his return to the States, he joined the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company, where he held various positions, including Corporate Engineer and Real Estate Agent, then elected Vice President and to the Board of Managers. He later was elected President, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Blue Ridge Real Estate Company, serving in that capacity until his retirement in 1987.
Active in many organizations, he was President and a Director of the International Association of Torch Clubs, a director of First Eastern Corporation of First Eastern Bank and served as a Director of the Economic Development Council of Northeastern Pennsylvania, the Water Resources Association of the Delaware River Basin and the Pennsylvania Forestry Association, also a Director of the Stroudsburg (Pa.) Hospital and a member of the Executive Board of the MinsiTrails Council of Boy Scouts of America.
A member of the Governors Council; 100,000 Pennsylvanians; a Director, Keystone Shortway Association; Director, Junior Chamber of Commerce (Allentown); Trustee, Lehigh Presbytery (Pa.) and the Peace River Presbytery (Fla.). He was a lifelong Presbyterian, an Elder and a Trustee for many years. Originally a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, Pa. and more recently became a member of the Moorings Presbyterian Church, Naples, Fla..
He was married to Jean Cosgrove Adams, who preceded him in death in 1996. He was the father of John M. Adams Jr. of Center Valley, Pa. and Martha Adams Faytko of Mountain Top, and the grandfather of Michael Scott Adams of Lincoln University, Pa. and Gregory Todd Adams of Macungie, Pa., and the great-grandfather of Dylan Michael Adams and Evan Wyatt Adams.
A private graveside service will be held at Grandview Cemetery in Allentown. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Endowment Fund, Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Drive, Naples, FL 34103. Arrangements are by the J. S. Burkholder Funeral Home, Allentown.