He was born Jan. 25, 1924, in Fort Scott, the son of Major Harry O. Adams and Lady Agnes Grace Mason.
He retired in 1988 from the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Ill. He was head of the Emergency Preparedness Section for the high-energy research facility.
Dr. Adams graduated from Kansas State College, Pittsburg, Kan., with a bachelor's degree in science. In 1976, Adams earned his master's degree from Sussex College of Technology, Sussex, England. He later completed his doctorate degree at the University of Colorado.
During World War II, Adams served in the U.S. Navy, flying "Privateers" squadron VPB-111, in the Philippines and the South China Sea.
During a leave of absence from the University of Illinois during 1968 to 1970, Dr. Adams participated in the Saturn V N.A.S.A. program located at New Orleans, La. He was the "down range" safety director on the Apollo Eleven moon shot from Cape Canaveral, Fla. Dr. Adams was a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College. He also graduated from the Air War College and served as an instructor for reserve units in Illinois.
Survivors include two sons, Lee Adams and wife Teresa, and grandchildren Renee and Nicholas Adams, Lake Geneva, Wis., and John Henry Adams, Fort Scott; and one daughter, Cheryl Ames and husband Mick, Monett, Mo.
He also leaves a loving companion, Helen Rimmer, and friends Stan and Vicky Olkowski. Dr. Adams is a nephew of Mary Neil Beth and the late Edna Golladay and Helen Golladay, Fort Scott. He was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy, on Nov. 1, 1998.
There was cremation. Rev. Chuck Russell will conduct memorial services at 11:30 a.m. Monday, March 12, at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial will follow in the U.S. National Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Olson Frary Burkhart Post No. 1165 V.F.W.
The family will receive friends from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, Fort Scott, Kan. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.