Born in Hamburg, N.Y., he was the son of the late Herbert and Helen (Schunk) Adams. During WWII he served with United States Army Air Force from 1944 to 1946, attaining the rank of Corporal.
Dr. Adams earned his BA (cum laude) in 1958 and his PhD in 1961 both at University of Buffalo.
His career as a Pharmacologist began at the Pharmacology Department at University of Buffalo School of Medicine from 1947 – 1961, Smith Kline and French Laboratories 1961- 1967, Astra Pharmaceutical Products, Inc. 1967 – 1993, retiring in 1993.
In 1973, he was invited to spend a month studying various biological test procedures in the Pharmacology Department at the Royal College of Surgeons in London. He also coauthored numerous publications and participated in meetings and symposia on regional anesthesia in Edinburgh, Helsinki, Kyoto, Madrid, Minden, Oslo and Stockholm. He wrote and published two volumes of humorous verse and six volumes of short stories.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and had a lifelong interest in literature and classical music. His library contains more than 1,000 volumes, and his collection of compact discs represent the music of more than 400 composers.
Jack is survived by two daughters, Jacqueline H. Adams and Denise R. Adams, both of Westborough, and was the brother of the late Douglas W. Adams.
His funeral service will be Friday, Dec. 29, at 10 a.m., in the First United Methodist Church, 120 West Main St., Westborough. Burial, with military honors, will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery. Calling hours at the David A. Pickering Westborough Funeral Home, 62 West Main St., Westborough, are Thursday, Dec. 28, from 4-6 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Appalachian Service Project, c/o the FUMC, 120 West Main St., Westborough, MA 01581 (please make check payable to FUMC with ASP in memo).