Oct. 3, 2011—North Central College was saddened to learn that Andrew Adams, Ph.D., was killed by a train on Sept. 30, 2011.
Adams began teaching at North Central in 1970 as an instructor of classics and became a full professor in 1991. His courses included classical mythology, Greek and Roman history and elementary Latin. He was co-editor of a high school-level Latin textbook and for many years wrote two examinations annually for the Illinois State High School Latin Tournament as a member of the Illinois Classical Conference.
He taught at North Central for 34 years, retiring at the end of the 2003-2004 academic year and receiving emeritus status at that time.
“As a longtime member of the North Central family, a teacher, counselor, neighbor and friend, Andy will be much missed,” said College President Harold R. Wilde. “I'm pleased that in May, he was among the stalwarts in the North Central community whom the College honored with a Sesquicentennial Medal, a statement, along with his status as an emeritus professor, of his significant role here in a career that spanned more than three decades.”
A longtime avid genealogist and researcher of Abraham Lincoln, shortly before his retirement in 2004 Adams discovered a document that contained previously unknown information about Lincoln’s stepmother, Sarah Bush Johnston. Combing through census records in the National Archives in Washington, D.C., he found a copy of an 1860 federal census that identified her as living with the John Hull family on a farm in Coles County, Ill.
“I knew Andy for many years as a wonderful colleague,” said R. Devadoss Pandian, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty. “There are many North Central College graduates and faculty who will be saddened by this loss. We extend our deepest condolences to his family.”
Adams earned a bachelor’s degree at Monmouth College and held a master’s degree and doctorate from Indiana University.
Survivors include a brother, John B. Adams, a 1952 graduate of North Central College.
Services are pending.