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George Edwin Adam, Sr
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Birth: Jul. 15, 1917
Essex County
New Jersey, USA
Death: Nov. 1, 2009
Sugar Land
Fort Bend County
Texas, USA

On Thanksgiving Day, 27 Nov 1941, in West Chester, Pennsylvania, George Edwin ADAM and Marie Elizabeth COTTER were married. He was a young chemical engineering graduate of Lehigh who had taken a job in a chemical plant in Trona, CA.

Note that in 1941, Thanksgiving Day was still being celebrated on the second to last Thursday by 32 states and on the last Thursday by 16 states including Pennsylvania. Late that year, congress enacted legislation standardizing Thanksgiving Day on the last Thursday in November.

George and Marie were on their honeymoon in southern California when, seven days after their marriage, two MPs ran up to them on a beach and told them the United States had been attacked at Pearl Harbor and that they were to clear the beach immediately. Since George had attended a military school prior to college including a summer's military training, he knew he would have to quickly report for active duty which he did.

He was called to serve as an officer in the Army's 17th Infantry Division. Rising to the rank of Captain, George fought in the Pacific for three years and was wounded twice, earning a Purple Heart and a Silver Star for valor in the Battle of Attu.

George and Marie had seven children, one born in 1942 and the others born after WWII ended. All seven grew to adulthood and are living happy, productive lives.

The following obituary was written by George's daughter, Mary. It appeared (after their editing) in the Wednesday, 04 Nov 2009 edition of the Houston Chronicle; Houston, TX. Names of living descendants were in the obit, but they are not shown here for security and privacy reasons and in keeping with Find A Grave guidelines.


GEORGE EDWIN ADAM died Nov. 1 in Sugar Land, TX, surrounded by his seven children. He was 92.

Born in Nutley, New Jersey, he spent his youth in Westtown township, Pennsylvania. He was a graduate of Augusta Military Academy in Staunton, VA and Lehigh University, where he returned for his 70th reunion this year.

He was a chemical engineer. He began his career with the American Potash & Chemical corporation in Trona, California. He returned to Pennsylvania to marry Marie Cotter in November 1941, a week before Pearl Harbor.

He was immediately called to serve as an officer in the Army's 17th Infantry Division. Captain Adam fought in the Pacific for three years and was wounded twice, earning a Purple Heart and Silver Star.

After three years at Hooker chemical corp. in Pennsylvania, Mr. Adam returned to American Potash in California in 1948. In 1958 he was transferred to Mississippi to manage new manufacturing facilities in Hamilton.

He and his family lived in Aberdeen, MS from 1958 to the mid-1970s, where he served on the board building the town's new hospital and was known for his skill on the golf course. He retired in 1982 as the Facility Manager for the chemical plants in Hamilton, then operated by Kerr-McGee.

The Adams moved to columbus, MS where they lived until 1994, when they came to Houston.

He was pre-deceased by his wife Marie in 2006. He is survived by their seven children, fifteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Visitation at 10 a.m. on Thursday on November 5 with a funeral service at 11 a.m. at Crowder Funeral Home, 111 East Medical Center Boulevard, Webster, TX 77598. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 225 North Michigan Avenue, 17th Floor, donations, Chicago, Illinois 60601, designating the Marie Adam Memorial Fund.

Family links: 
  John Niel McLeod Adam (1884 - 1964)
  Anna Louise Clarkson Adam (1886 - 1968)
  Marie Elizabeth Cotter Adam (1917 - 2006)
  John Niel McLeod Adam (1910 - 1989)*
  James Davidson Adam (1912 - 1983)*
  Sinclair Agnew Adam (1914 - 2006)*
  George Edwin Adam (1917 - 2009)
  William Louis Adam (1922 - 1996)*
*Calculated relationship
Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery
Galveston County
Texas, USA
Maintained by: Bob Webb
Originally Created by: patrick deatherage
Record added: Jul 07, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 72996168
George Edwin Adam, Sr
Added by: Bob Webb
George Edwin Adam, Sr
Added by: Bob Webb
George Edwin Adam, Sr
Added by: Bob Webb
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My father.
- Jane Marie Adam Webb
 Added: Dec. 25, 2014

- KindredSpirit
 Added: Dec. 20, 2014
George and Marie; a true love story.
- Bob Webb
 Added: Sep. 3, 2012

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