Leland "Lee" Kenneth Adams, 67

July 26, 2009

MAY 13, 1942-JULY 23, 2009

BOONSBORO -- Leland "Lee" Kenneth Adams, 67, of Boonsboro, Md., died Thursday, July 23, 2009, at Washington County Hospital.

Born May 13, 1942, he was the son of the late Leland and Alice (Zahniser) Adams.

Lee graduated from Slippery Rock State College in 1964 with a degree in geography and cartography. He then attended the University of Maryland on a graduate assistantship in cartography and majored in geography.

In 1966, he became a resource teacher in social studies at Col. E. Brooke Lee Junior High School and was employed there until 1979. Major interests at the junior high school were field trips to the Appalachian Trail, Smith Island, week trips studying nature as well as trips to study works in Congress, and to Gettysburg, Pa. He always had students write short essays on every exam. In 1979, he transferred to Seneca Valley High School, where he taught history, government and foreign affairs. He also was the volleyball coach.


Lee was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1968 and finally retired in 1983 on disability. Rather than concentrate on MS, he devoted most of his time to improving handicapped accessibility and awareness. He was a president/member of the Disabled Citizens of Frederick County (Md.) United. His other interest was the Kiwanis of Frederick, Md.

In 2000, he combined all of his resources to help his daughter and son-in-law build a new home in Boonsboro for all of them to live in. Moving from Frederick to Washington County, Md., was a major change in his life.

In the 1960s, he was a man ahead of his time as his thesis was about global warming. It again became his passion in 2007. In his final words and message to others, Lee stated the following, "The USA must lead the rest of the world in decreasing the causes that lower the ozone in the atmosphere."

Lee is survived by his daughter, Kimberly R. Summers and her husband, Jason Russell, of Boonsboro; his lifelong friend, Jean Natoli of Union Bridge, Md.; his stepfather, Harry Italiano of Youngstown, Ohio; one sister, Beverly Adams of Mercer, Pa.; and three grandchildren, Gavin, Hayden and Maxin Summers, all of Boonsboro.

Friends are invited to visit beginning Tuesday, July 28, 2009, at 9 a.m. at Bast-Stauffer Funeral Home, 7606 Old National Pike, Boonsboro, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m.

A memorial service will be held in Lee's hometown on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2009, at 7 p.m. at The Chapel at Mercer, 300 S. Pitt St., Mercer. Pastor David Robinson will officiate.

Memorial donations may be made to The Multiple Sclerosis Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, NY 10163.

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