Dennis Adams, worked for News American

August 28, 1994|By Suzanne Loudermilk | Suzanne Loudermilk,Sun Staff Writer

Dennis Adams, a former News American advertising executive who wrote a weekly consumer report for the newspaper, died Friday of complications from a stroke at John Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. He was 80.

The Dallas native had worked for Hearst-owned papers in Cleveland, Miami and Dallas before transferring to Baltimore in 1956. He lived in the Patterson Park area before moving to Dundalk 13 years ago.

Mr. Adams retired from the News American in 1979. The paper closed in May 1986.

"His advertising accounts revolved around food, and he got information from the accounts to write a weekly article," his son-in-law, Robert E. Derencz of Fallston, said.

"Gregarious sums him up," said John Steadman, Evening Sun sports columnist and former News American employee. "He was affable, outgoing, a Mr. Public Relations kind of guy."

He was also well-known on Mid-Atlantic golf courses, Mr. Steadman said.

"He was an avid golfer, almost a maniac about it," Mr. Derencz said. "Even in his later years, his handicap was in the single digits."

Through his hobby, he met and played with many top golfers in the nation, including Byron Nelson and Sam Snead. He also was involved in many charitable golf events, his son-in-law said.

In addition to playing golf, Mr. Adams was a caricaturist. He would often present a caricature as a prize at testimonial events and banquets, Mr. Steadman said.

"They were authentic looking and professional looking," he said, adding that they often were displayed at local golf clubs and restaurants.

Another joy for Mr. Adams was his three grandchildren: Elizabeth, 18; Christine, 16; and Alexander, 20 months.

In addition to his grandchildren, Mr. Adams' survivors include his wife of 48 years, the former Bernice C. Bernacka; and a daughter, Sandra E. Derencz of Fallston.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Casimir's Roman Catholic Church, O'Donnell Street and Kenwood Avenue. Burial will follow in St. Stanislaus Cemetery in Dundalk.

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