Rear Admiral, United States Navy
Born in Syosset, New York, on January 16, 1916, Admiral Adair was the son of Jamie and Barbara Anderson Adair. Following his graduation from the Naval Academy, he was commissioned an Ensign on June 2, 1938, and was assigned to the cruiser USS Vincennes.
He received a master's degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1944 and was ship superintendent at the New York Naval Shipyard in Brooklyn. After service in Europe and at the Bureau of Ships in Washington, D.C., he returned to the New York shipyard. He became material officer with the Commander Mine Force with the Atlantic Fleet.
From 1948 to 1952 he taught at the Naval Academy, where he was the co-author of the text, "Fundamentals of Naval Construction and Ship Stability" published by the Naval Institute in 1953. He served at the Bureau of Ships and then attended the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He was planning and then production officer at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard before commanding the Long Beach, California, Naval Shipyard.
Admiral Adair became assistant chief for design
and shipbuilding at the Bureau of Ships and in 1966, when he advanced to
the rank of Rear Admiral, was deputy commander for ship acquisitions for
the Naval Ship Systems Command. After serving as deputy commander for
plans, programs and financial management, he commanded
Among his many medals were the Legion of Merit, the Europe-Africa-Middle East Cam- paign Medal and the Navy Occupation Service Medal with European Clasp.
Active in business, church and community affairs, he was named First Citizen of Portsmouth for 1981 and was chairman of the South Hampton Roads United Way board. He headed the Portsmouth Museum and Fine Arts Commission, was the governor's appointee to the Virginia Naval Museum Authority and belonged to the Portsmouth Kiwanis Club. He also was a former vestryman of Trinity Episcopal Church.
Admiral Adair married the former Barbara Ann Almond of Round Bay, Severna Park, who died in 1973. He then married the former Theodosia Jaudon MacKenzie of Portsmouth. He was predeceased by a son, Jamie Anderson.
In addition to his wife, surviving are two daughters, Barbara Anne Norcross of Severna Park and Jared Adair of Columbia; three stepdaughters, Julia Todd of Portsmouth, Mary Christina Hamill of Fairfax, Va., and Ellen Wise of Chestertown; three siblings, Barbara Goodman of Miami, Fla., Eleanor Adair of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Robin Adair of Greenville, S.C.; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at
Trinity Episcopal Church, 500 Court St., Portsmouth, where arrangements
are by Foster Funeral Home. Burial will be at 10 a.m. July 22 at
Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be
made to Portsmouth Area Resources Coalition, PO Box 1183, Portsmouth,
ADAIR, BARBARA ANNE