Robert S. Adams Jr., 88, Beth Steel safety engineer

March 30, 2005

Robert S. Adams Jr., a retired Bethlehem Steel safety engineer who had been active in Boy Scouts, died of pneumonia Monday at Carroll Hospital Center in Westminster. The former Dundalk resident was 88.

Born in Reading, Pa., Mr. Adams earned a bachelor of science degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, where he was a member of the varsity track team.

He moved to Arbutus in 1940 and rose through the ranks before being named superintendent of gun mounting assembly at the old Koppers Co. plant at Scott Street and Washington Boulevard. In 1955, he became a safety engineer at Bethlehem's Sparrows Point plant, where he retired in 1982. He moved to Hanover, Pa., a decade later.

Active in the administration of the Baltimore Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America for 30 years, he was given one of Scouting's highest honors, the Silver Beaver Award, for distinguished service to area youths.

Mr. Adams was a former president of the Industrial Club of Baltimore and belonged to the Dundalk Lions Club, where he oversaw lending of medical equipment including walkers, wheelchairs and hospital beds.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Church of God of Dundalk, 6 Yorkway, where he was a former member and financial secretary for many years.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, the former Dorothy Kofskey, a retired Dundalk High School secretary; a son, Kenneth Adams of Murray Hill, N.J.; three daughters, Laurel Sommers of Forest Hill, Sandy Pinder of Fenwick Island, Del., and Robin Brenton of Hanover, Pa.; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

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