Anthony B. Adams
Anthony B. Adams
HOUSTON, Texas — Anthony Barbour Adams was born August 27, 1936, in Rutland, Vermont, to Florence Louise (Bartlett) and William Arthur Adams of Shrewsbury, Vermont.
He graduated from Rutland High School, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University, and a professional degree in architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, being a member of Tau Beta Phi Engineering Honor Society.
The marriage to Linda Coulter Brown of Brandon, Vermont, in 1959 produced three children, Alec Lord, Amy Coulter, and Geoffrey Aldridge, and ended in 1979.
Adams served as President of the Vermont Chapter, and on the New England Council of the American Institute of Architects, as well as a member of the Institute’s national Regional Planning Committee. Interest in environmental and public planning concerns led to being co-founder and convener of the Burlington Planning Commission’s Design Review Board and a director of the Vermont Natural Resources Counsel. Other public service to the State of Vermont included the Governor’s Commission on Employment of the Handicapped, where he assisted in drafting the standards which were to become part of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as well as a member of the State Architectural Barriers Review Board.
He moved to Houston, Texas, in 1980, joined the nationally known architectural firm of Morris Aubry, and developed a specialty in library design, with a number of projects receiving design awards.
A semi-retirement in 1992 to western Oklahoma to raise cattle and establish a vineyard, resulted with the latter being a “boutique” winery with international clientele.
Returning to Houston in 2006, Adams became active in church volunteer work, having previously held major leadership positions in two Episcopal cathedrals.
In retirement, he remained an avid skier and bird watcher, enjoyed classical music, ballet, and opera, and engaged in extensive travel until his death. He died November 13, 2013, after a brief illness.
He is survived by his wife of thirty-two years, Elaine Ross, originally from Amarillo, Texas; his three children; two step-children; his sister, Barbara (Adams) Hoar of Bennington, Vt.; and seven grandchildren and step-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Sonrisa International at its website: sonrisainternational.org.
Memorial services in the Burlington, Vt., area will be announced at a later date.