Adam Ramsay Michael
1977 - 2016
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Adam Ramsay Michael

Nashville, TN

Adam Ramsay Michael was born November 16th, 1977 in Nashville, Tennessee as the first born to Susan and Paul Michael. First grandson to Blossom and Gerald Averbuch, he was the oldest of 6 cousins and easy to look up to. Brilliant and likeable, Adam easily made friends and excelled in everything he attempted. He graduated from Montgomery Bell Academy, a school he loved, and as the quintessential student he even literally became the "poster boy," featured prominently in their 1996 recruitment poster. Adam went to Duke University and majored in History, graduating with honors in 2000. After returning to MBA to teach high school history for 2 years, Adam attended Hastings law school in Berkeley, California. He transferred to Vanderbilt University one year later to complete his Juris Doctorate, promptly serving as the Public Defender for Sumner county for 2 years. Yearning for a change in career where he could actively give back to the community, Adam became a development officer for Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music, followed by his most recent employment at the Nature Conservancy of Tennessee.

Despite his various accomplishments, Adam remained grounded and focused on his number one priority : family. He has three daughters, Avery, Madelyn, and Vera. They were the lights of his life and he consistently said that being their father was what brought him the most joy in this world. He was a voracious reader and will be remembered for his unparalleled intelligence, his love of Vanderbilt sports and the Tennessee Titans, his incredible fatherhood, and the deep love with which he served his family. He is preceded in death by his father, Paul R Michael, MD, and his aunt, Helaine Fuldauer, and his grandfather, Gerald Averbuch. He is survived by his mother, Susan Michael, his sister, Brooke Kain, his daughters Avery (6), Madelyn (4), Vera (18 months), former wife Susan, his fiance Ana Kuzmi, his uncle Mark Averbuch and aunt Shelley Averbuch , his uncle Larry Fuldauer, and four cousins Jared Averbuch (Mackenzie), Cutler Averbuch (Liza), Jeff Fuldauer, and Kacey Millard (Tony). A service will be held at Congregation Micah Friday, November 25th at 3 PM. In lieu of flowers please send contributions in Adam's name to the Nature Conservancy of Tennessee, Vanderbilt Blair School of Music, Congregation Micah, or a charity of your choice.

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Published in Tennessean on Nov. 25, 2016.
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December 3, 2016
Dear Susan, Brooke, Blossom , Dr. Mark and Shelley,
I was so saddened to hear of the loss of Adam. There are no words that I can say to ease the sorrow. I pray that the arms of Christ would surround you and bring peace to all of you in this difficult season of your lives..
Jacquie Mingle
December 2, 2016
I am so sorry to hear this news. My deepest condolences to Susan, Brooke and the rest of his family. I will always have fond memories of Adam, especially the time we spent backpacking in Europe one summer. My thoughts and prayers with you all.
John McLendon
November 29, 2016
Deepest sympathies.

I did not know Adam, but I was moved by his obituary and, though far too short, his remarkable life.

May God bless you all.
John Blankenship
November 26, 2016
So sorry to read about the passing of your loved one. May the wonderful memories you shared help to ease the pain in your hearts, and may the promise from God at 1 Corinthians 15:26 help to do the same.
November 25, 2016
I'm so sorry to learn of Adam's passing. He was always such a positive presence and a devoted father. He is and will always be one of my role models for fatherhood and parenting daughters. All my love and support to his girls and family.
Sam O'Connell
November 25, 2016
I am writing to offer my deepest sympathies to Adam's family and love ones. I am so sad that we lost such a bright light at such an early age. I will always remember all of the great times we had together at Duke. He was incredibly intelligent, funny, and caring. He was a great friend and mentor to me. May he rest in peace.

With love,
Cleve Burke
Cleve Burke
November 24, 2016
Susan and Brooke,
Thinking of you with love. How fondly we remember the wonderful growing up years with our boys!
Anne McGugin
Anne McGugin
November 24, 2016
We are so sad about Adam's passing. We had the privilege over the past couple of years to meet him and to get to know him. There is no doubt that he was a great father to his three daughters and that he loved his kids dearly. We also know he loved Ana and that he will be missed by all.

We last saw Adam about ten days ago. We had the chance to talk about one of his favorite topics -- Vanderbilt football-- and how happy he was that Vandy recently defeated the Georgia Bulldogs.

We express our condolences to the entire family.
David & Mary Cobb
November 23, 2016
I'm so very sorry to hear of Adam's passing. He was such a vital, passionate young man - a lover of learning, nature, and most of all, his daughters. This is a quote from his Facebook page, written just last week: "Went to Trolls with my daughters. So enjoyed watching my second born define the term "edge of her seat". Held Ana's hand. It was really lovely. That's my America. That's what is important to me. Same as it was this time last week. And same as it would have been had the result been different. I suspect the bursting love I feel watching my children grow up with someone dumb enough to love me is immutable to politics. And for that I'm so glad and thankful." Requiescat in pace, dear Adam.
Anne Christeson
November 23, 2016
I am so sorry to hear about Adam's passing. I was lucky to know him at Duke and UC Hastings and he was kind, funny, and so genuine. My thoughts and prayers are with his girls and his family. I will hold my Daughter tighter tonight and will always remember what a blessing it was to be in Adam's presence...
James Conger
November 23, 2016
You will be forever remembered, and sorely missed. Thinking of you always, Adam, and thank you for so many great memories.
Mac Martine
November 23, 2016
Dear Blossom, Susan, Brooke,

I am so so grieved by your loss.
A fine, wonderful young man that you had the honor to have loved.
Those three little girls have been blessed to have had a dad with his intelligence, his sense of humor, his kindness, his love of family, and his complete devotion to them. He was beautiful inside and out.
My deepest condolences are with you.
Love, Cheryl Baird
Cheryl Baird
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