A post to remember Dan Adams (1919-2011), a retired glass industry executive I first met in Zimbabwe when he was consulting for ZimGlass, through the International Executive Service Corps. He grew up on an apple form in Ohio, and his obituary appeared in the Toledo Blade (2011-09-20), excerpted below:
Dan Boyd ADAMS (1919-08-21 – 2011-09-17)
Dan was born in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania to Charles and Jessie (Boyd) Adams and grew up in New Waterford, Ohio on an apple orchard farm, Adam’s Apples, owned by his parents. He graduated from Ohio State University (OSU) with a degree in economics in 1941 and was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity and played on the polo team for OSU.
He began working for Owens-Illinois (O-I) in 1941 as a chief industrial engineer and became Senior Industrial Engineer in 1947. He later became plant manager in Clarion, Pennsylvania in 1956 and Huntington, West Virginia in 1957. He later was assistant plant manager in Bridgeton, New Jersey before transferring to O-I headquarters in Toledo, Ohio where he rose to the position of Vice-President for Domestic Operations until his retirement in 1982.
On May 9, 1953, Dan was married to Mary Calista Newhard in Bucyrus, Ohio. They lived in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, New Jersey, and England before retiring to Payson, Arizona in 1983. In retirement, Dan remained active with the Payson Packers hiking club and the Republican Club as well as being active in contacting elected officials on issues of concern, particularly natural resource management and economics.
He also was a volunteer with the International Executive Service Corps (IESC), a not for profit organization of American business people who provide managerial and technical assistance to private enterprises in developing countries. He and Mary traveled extensively, helping in countries such as Zimbabwe, Zambia, Honduras, Russia, Poland, Egypt, and Pakistan.
He wrote for local papers including the Backbone and the Payson Roundup. Dan is preceded in death by his brothers, Boyd “Doc” and Frank, and his son, Michael. Dan is survived by his wife, Mary; his children, Tony, Eve and Ann, and his sisters, Ginna and Elizabeth, and grandsons, Ben and Jesse. In lieu of gifts or flowers, his family suggests that in remembrance of Dan to write or call one of your elected officials about a political issue that concerns you.