|Birth: ||unknown, China|
|Death: ||Sep. 16, 2006|
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Hélène Marguerite Deschamps Adams, who performed espionage and counterespionage duties for the Allies as a teenager in France during World War II, died Saturday, Sept. 16, 2006, of congestive heart failure in Manhattan. Mrs. Deschamps Adams was 85.
Mrs. Deschamps Adams lived in the Palm Beach area from the mid-1970s to the early 1990s and worked for the now-closed Razooks women's fashion boutiques on Worth Avenue and at The Breakers.
She frequently lectured about her World War II experiences around the country. Before moving to Florida, she was a French teacher. She came to the United States from France in 1946, after marriage to an American serviceman, Forest E. Adams, who died in 1951.
Her daughter, Karyn Anick Monget, worked as a model during the late 1970s and served as fashion editor of the Palm Beach Daily News from 1982 to 1984 and currently is an editor with Women's Wear Daily in New York City.
Mrs. Deschamps Adams is remembered as "a lovely, elegant woman" by Jan Kranich, director of the island's Emanuel Ungaro boutique. "You would never have guessed what a harrowing life she led."
She was born in China. Her father was a general in the French colonial army who retired to the south of France in the late 1930s, according to The New York Times.
From 1943 to 1945, Mrs. Deschamps Adams, as a member of the French Underground, served as an agent for the American Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the forerunner of the Central Intelligence Agency. Her mission was to rescue OSS agents who had been imprisoned in France during the Nazi occupation.
In 1977, she was elected president of the South Florida chapter of the American Federation of Intelligence Officers. In 2000, she received the Distinguished Service Medal from the United States in recognition of her wartime efforts and was also honored for her heroism by the French government.
Created by: Tammy Jones-Ashley
Record added: Feb 24, 2007
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