Dr. Adams also taught a graduate-level course on bioethics and pathology at the Johns Hopkins University. He also taught pathology classes at the University of Maryland medical school.
He conducted training programs, classes and workshops in medical technology and pathology. He also wrote widely on cytogenetics, human and primate infertility, aircraft accident investigation and laboratory management.
Dr. Adams retired in 2005.
For years before he sold it, he liked spending time at a second home on the Severn River, where he enjoyed sailing. He also held a private pilot's license and liked flying his single-engine Arrow airplane.
He also was an avid collector of thimbles.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Aug. 11 at Towson United Methodist Church, 501 Hampton Lane.
In addition to his son, Dr. Adams is survived by his wife of 53 years, the former June L. Snellings; three daughters, Mindy Helene of Columbia, Leslie C. Adams of Girdwood, Alaska, and Dr. Sarah P. Adams of Wilmington, N.C.; a brother, William W. Adams of Galesville; and seven grandchildren.