Henry J. Adams, Geologist And Financier

August 13, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Henry J. Adams, a retired geologist and financier, died of cancer Aug. 5 at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 79.

Mr. Adams was born in Baltimore and raised in Roland Park.

His father, Otto Eugene Adams Sr., was a noted Baltimore architect, and his grandfather, Henry Adams, a mechanical engineer, founded Henry Adams LLC, a Baltimore engineering design company.

After graduating from Polytechnic Institute in 1947, he earned a bachelor's degree in 1952 in geology from Lehigh University.

He earned a master's degree in geophysics from the University of Pittsburgh in 1954 and served for two years in the Air Force, where he was an analyst at the Lincoln Laboratory in Cambridge, Mass.

He was working at Marathon Oil in California when he decided on a career change and earned a master's degree in business from Columbia University in 1965.

For the next 20 years, Mr. Adams worked in all areas of finance, accounting and planning while also serving as controller and treasurer of St. Joseph Minerals in New York City, and A.T. Massey Coal Cos. in Richmond, Va., until the early 1980s.

After retiring, Mr. Adams had a consulting business in Lebanon, N.H., where he worked with startup businesses. He retired about five years ago and moved to Roland Park Place.

For years, Mr. Adams lived in Fairlee, Vt., where he enjoyed fly fishing, sailing, and cross country skiing.

His wife of 43 years, the former Jane Aldrich Dowling, died in 1999.

Mr. Adams had been a communicant of St. Martin Episcopal Church in Fairlee, where a memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday.

Surviving are two daughters, Elizabeth Adams-Swann of Bethesda and Katherine Adams of Whitehall; a brother, O. Eugene Adams Jr. of Athens, Ohio; and two grandchildren.

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