Kirt Allard Adams passed away in Lafayette Hill Pennsylvania on July 18, 2016 with family and friends around him. He was 94. Kirt was born on July 4, 1922 in Rutland, Vermont, the son of Kirt West Adams and Ella (Gray) Adams. The family moved to Bennington, Vermont in 1924. Kirt graduated from Bennington High School in 1940, where he was a member of the band and pro merito. He completed his AD in business at St. Joseph's in Bennington in 1941. Prior to his entry in World War 2 he worked at the County National Bank.
Kirt entered service in the Army Air Corps in January 1943. He was attached to a Fighter Control Squadron in the European theater for most of the war, but also served as a chaplain's assistant in France and Germany. In 1946 he returned to Bennington with the rank of Sergeant. Kirt used his GI bill to improve his business education, taking courses in time motion study. He entered industry in Bennington in middle management. During this time he became reacquainted with Barbara F. Morgan of Pownal, who was teaching high school English. They married on July 20, 1947, and remained happily married for 67 years, until her death in 2014.
Barbara and Kirt lived in Bennington and Pownal until 1952, when EZ Mills left Bennington for Georgia. They decided to move instead to Pennsylvania for a similar position, as it was closer to their Vermont roots. They raised their family in Pennsylvania, living in Eagleville and Audubon Pennsylvania until five years ago, when they moved to the Masonic Village in Lafayette Hill. Kirt worked for many years for Lees Carpets, a division of Burlington Industries, first in Bridgeport PA and later Audubon PA. His final title there was data base analyst.
In retirement, Kirt and Barbara enjoyed a second home on Lake Blaisdell in South Sutton, New Hampshire, near their New England family. More recently, they were summer residents in South Ryegate Vermont, near their daughter and eldest son and their families.
Kirt had a musical gift and was a fine violinist. He had a strong Methodist faith which sustained him throughout his life. He had a calm, quiet personality and was known as a peacemaker. He attained his 70th birthday as a Freemason, and was a longtime member of the Warren Lodge in Collegeville, Pennsylvania. He attained the 32nd degree and attended the Allentown consistory. A student of American history, he was a member of the Mayflower Society of Descendants, SAR, and the Society of the Descendants of Valley Forge. He was also a lifelong stamp collector, and served as auditor for his clubs books for many years.
Kirt was the only child of his father's second marriage, and is the last of a long generation. He is survived by his three children: Kirt W. Adams and wife Joanne of North Danville, VT; Peter M. Adams and wife Karen of West Chester, PA; and Carolyn L. Adams, Esq., of South Ryegate VT; five grandchildren, Chloe M. Adams of Saint Louis MO, Aurora M. Adams of Lexington KY, Carolyn J. Adams, Jacob M. Adams and Mary Elizabeth Adams, of West Chester PA; many cousins, nephews, and nieces, with special mention of his niece, Diane Adams Poland of Metairie LA.
A private committal service in Park Lawn Cemetery, Bennington VT, is planned later this August. This obituary can be found at www.vermontobits.org