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YARMOUTH - David Leon Adams, M.D., died peacefully at home on Cousins Island, his family gathered by his side, on Sunday, December 6, 2015. Dr. Adams was diagnosed with metastatic cancer only 6 weeks prior to death. He was 79 years old.

David was born March 26, 1936, in Bangor, Maine, to Asa and Vina Adams. He grew up in Orono, living first on Main Street where his Dad had his doctor's office, and then on Forest Avenue where his eye caught sight of a blonde tomboy named Pam. He never left her side until his death.

After graduating in 1954 from Orono High School where he was active in band, track, and student government, David entered Colby College. There he found his true fraternity of friends when he was chosen to sing baritone with the a cappella group, the Colby 8. Through 4 years of college and on into the years following graduation, David and the 8 sang at Colby reunions, thoroughly enjoying the comradeship and the music. David's last gathering with the 8 was June, 2015. As the men matured, their voices became like good red wine: mellow, smooth, and full of that good old Colby spirit.

In 1957, David married his childhood sweetheart, Pamelia Brockway. They moved into the Veterans Apartments on the Colby campus and David completed his senior year, graduating with honors June, 1958. He went on to Yale Medical School, graduating in 1962; he interned at the Mary Fletcher Hospital in Burlington, VT., and had a brief time at the Mary Hitchcock Hospital in Hanover, NH., before being sent to California to serve as a Flight Surgeon (Capt.) in the U.S. Air Force during the Viet Nam War.

Following his active military service, he returned to Vermont and continued his training in cardiology. In 1969, David began his cardiology career in Portland, ME., with 3 other doctors, remaining with Maine Cardiology for 30 years until his retirement in 1999. David was devoted to his patients and respectful of the staff.

Retirement was the career David Adams truly enjoyed. He reveled in the freedom of self-motivation and puttering at projects around his home, barn, and the woods.

He was a master of taking a small job and turning it into a full day project. David was a passionate and dedicated volunteer, working on neighborhood, community, state, and national projects. He helped with grandchildren and great-grandchildren, enjoying giving the little ones rides around the yard on the tractor; he could be counted on to be helpful for family and friends. David received awards and recognition from the many organizations he supported. In 2002, and again in 2010, he was honored by Physicians for Social Responsibility, and in 2015, the Town of Yarmouth recognized David and Pamelia with the Latchstring Award for their dedicated service and community spirit.

His most treasured times were with family members sailing, motoring, kayaking, and rowing in the many bays of Maine, especially Casco Bay. David could tell you the make/model/size/year of most any sail boat that came by. He took great pleasure and effort in teaching family the joys of sailing.

David was predeceased by his parents, Vina and Asa Adams, M.D.; and his brother, Marvin C. Adams, M.D., who died in 2009.

David leaves behind his wife of 58 years, Pamelia Brockway Adams; daughter Phyllis and her husband, Neil Korsen of Yarmouth, ME; daughter, Miriam Adams and her husband, David Edelman of Lexington, MA.; son, Philip Adams and his wife, Christina of Woodstock, GA.; son, David R. Adams and his wife, Deborah of Freeport, ME.; his nine grandchildren, Anna Korsen of Portland, ME., Asa Korsen and his partner, Jen Jutras of Standish, ME., Claire Edelman of NYC, Matthew and Andrew Edelman of Lexington, MA., Katie and Jacob Adams of Woodstock, GA., Muriel and Michael Adams of Freeport, ME.; his 3 great-grandchildren, Arlo Jackson Korsen Cayer of Portland, ME., Emeline and Liliana Jutras of Standish, ME.

The family is planning a memorial gathering in the spring.

Online condolences may be expressed at Hall's Funeral Home


In lieu of flowers please make a donation in David's memory to an organization of your choice.
Published on  December 11, 2015
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