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Patricia L. Adams


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Patricia L. Adams Obituary
May 14, 1928 - April 14, 2016 Dr. Patricia Lynes Adams died peacefully on April 14, 2016, at age 88. She was born in Manhattan on May 14, 1928 to Francis Maurice Lynes and Gladys Church Lynes, and raised in Livingston, NJ. She received her B.A. in English Literature from Drew University in Madison, NJ, taught at New Haven's Gateway School for Girls, and moved to Southern California as a young minister's wife in 1951. Pat was parent to three daughters and partner to her first husband, Dr. Harry Wakefield Adams, in ministering to three large Methodist congregations. In mid-life she earned her MA in Psychology from CSULA and won a Danforth Foundation fellowship to pursue her PhD in Educational Psychology at USC. She established counseling practices in Burbank and Santa Monica; taught at several LA area colleges and universities; and wrote a newspaper column on marriage and family for the Burbank Daily Review and the Santa Monica Outlook. In 1974, Pat married university dean Dr. Roy Jay Adamson. In retirement she remained active in the Plato Society of Los Angeles and as a deacon of the Gnostic Congregation of Hollywood. She also continued to write poetry, play piano and cello, and travel abroad. Pat was preceded in death by husband Roy (2002) and daughter Leslie Ann Adams (2012). She is survived by sister Jessie Lynes Havens; daughter Wendy Lynn Adams; stepdaughters Jeri Adamson Segler (Bruce) and Sandra Adamson Boyce (Paul); five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She will be honored as a clergy member in a Gnostic memorial eucharist, on Sunday, October 23, 11:00 a.m., at Besant Lodge, 2560 North Beachwood Drive, Los Angeles 90068. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a college fund for Pat's great-grandchildren, checks made payable to College America and mailed to Wendy Adams, 3501 Morrison Street, NW, Washington, DC 20015.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Aug. 5 to Aug. 6, 2016
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