Adair: Management skills would help him do Orphans' Court job

July 18, 2010|By DAN DEARTH
  • Robert Adair

Hagerstown resident Robert Adair said he believes that the management skills he learned in the military and private sector will help him settle disputes as a Washington County Orphans' Court judge.

Adair, who is a candidate for a county Orphans' Court judge position, said he retired in 2001 after working 23 years in sales for TRW Inc., which is now Northrop Grumman. He said much of that time was spent in a management role.

"My management responsibilities have given me the experience to listen to all sides of a discussion and make well-informed decisions," Adair said. "It's important to be fair and open-minded."

He said he also spent about three years working in sales for Hagerstown Kitchens.

After graduating from college, Adair served as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army from 1967-70, he said. A portion of that service was spent in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart medals.


Adair said he has been involved in the community, serving two terms as president of the Hagerstown Exchange Club.

"I have the time available to devote to this position," he said. "I feel it's an important county position. I feel qualified to do it."

Adair and his wife, Nancy, live in Hagerstown.

The orphans' court settles disputes over estates and wills, sets attorney fees in estate matters and has jurisdiction over guardianship of minors.

Orphans' court judges meet Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. They are elected to four-year terms and are paid $7,000 a year.

Robert Adair

Name: Robert Adair

Date of birth: Jan. 2, 1945

Address: 32 Wayside Ave., Hagerstown

Education: Mercersburg Academy, 1963; bachelor's degree in history, 1967, Hobart College, Geneva, N.Y.

Occupation: Semi-retired, works part time for the U.S. Census Bureau

Party affiliation: Republican

Political experience: None

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