Obituary: Charles S. Adams, longtime faculty member in Education

Charles S. Adams, 70, of Shelburne, retired lecturer in Educational Policy, Research and Administration (EPRA), died March 28 in Florida following a long struggle with heart disease and other complications.

Born in Lawrence, he spent most of his early years in a series of small New Hampshire towns. He graduated from the Tilton School in Tilton, N.H. and went to complete his B.A. at Haverford College and his M.A. Ph.D. in folklore and the University of Indiana. He also studied at Columbia University and Marlboro College.

He joined the faculty in 1964 and taught English for several years until transferring to the School of Education in the early 1980s. He created and helped run several programs for undergraduates, including Project 10 and the Inquiry Program. He later served as director of the Higher Education Program in the EPRA Department. He retired in 1998.

He was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal in 2000.

He leaves his wife, professor emerita Pat Crosson, his sister, Esther Kavanaugh, and his nephew and niece, Kurt and Kathleen Kavanaugh.

A “celebration of life” service will be held on campus in mid-May.

Memorial donations may be made in his name to the School of Education Dean’s Scholarship and Fellowship Fund, Office of the Dean, c/o S. Santos, School of Education, 124 Furcolo Hall.