Dr. William H. Adolph

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Dr. William Howard Adolph, 92, of Owings Mills, died Thursday evening, March 27, 2014, at home.

Born in Philadelphia, Pa., and raised in Baltimore, he was the son of the late Gladys Keen and William Taylor Adolph. He was the husband of Margaret "Mickey" Reynolds Adolph, his wife of 68 years.

He was a 1937 graduate of Towson High School. He attended college on a football and academic scholarship, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Maryland College in 1941. His dedication to the college continued long after his graduation; he served two terms as president of the Alumni Association, was an alumni visitor to the Board of Directors, the Alumnus of the Year in 1973, and received the Meritorious Service Award from the Alumni Association. In recent years, he organized a group of WMC alum for monthly luncheons.

After completion of ROTC in college, he was commissioned into the Army Infantry and served 30 months as an infantry line officer in the European Theatre of World War II, from 1942 to 1945. During his time overseas, he was stationed in the North African Campaign and was commissioned to the French Foreign Legion. Discharged as a major after the war, he was awarded a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star and several battle stars for his service in North Africa, Sicily and elsewhere in Italy. From 1946 to 1972, he served in various assignments as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve. He commanded the largest Reserve Unit in Maryland, 2122D USAG, from 1967 to 1972. Prior to retiring in 1972 as a colonel, he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal and the Legion of Merit.

Following the war, he married his college sweetheart and moved to Davenport, Iowa, where he attended the Palmer College of Chiropractic. He completed his studies at the Columbia College of Chiropractic in Baltimore, where he graduated with a Doctor of Chiropractic in 1949 and opened his practice, which he maintained in Baltimore for 50 years. He was a faculty member of the Columbia College of Chiropractic in the department of physiology from 1950 to 1954. He later became the dean of the college. He served two terms as the president of the Maryland Chiropractic Association, was vice president of the Maryland State Board of Chiropractic Examiners and chiropractic consultant to Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Maryland. He was named chiropractor of the year in 1979 by the Maryland Chiropractic Association, and was a fellow of the International College of Chiropractics. He was a member of the Maryland Chiropractic Association and the American Chiropractic Association.

Throughout his 50 years of practice on Liberty Road in Baltimore, he maintained a family atmosphere and was known to open his doors at any time of the night or day, and provided care and treatment regardless of a patient's ability to pay.

As a man of faith, he served his church, Mount Olive United Methodist, as the adult Sunday school teacher for 10 years and in other leadership capacities.

His greatest joy was his family. He enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. When not busy with work or family, he was an enthusiastic Orioles and Ravens fan. He liked playing golf and was an avid collector of shoes and watches.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are children Lorna Adolph, Brent Toomey and Scott Adolph; a daughter-in-law, Gina Adolph; granddaughters Lauren Herring and husband Stan Herring, and Caitlin Adolph; and great-grandchildren Connor, Chloe and Cameron Herring.

He was predeceased by 10 younger siblings.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of a celebration of life service, 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 9, at Mount Olive United Methodist Church, 5115 Old Court Road, Randallstown. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675; or to Gilchrist Hospice Care, 11311 McCormick Road, Suite 350, Hunt Valley, MD 21031.

Online condolences may be offered at www.haightfuneralhome.com.

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6416 Sykesville Road
Sykesville, MD 21784
Published in Carroll County Times on Apr. 2, 2014
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