Though I knew he had been in failing health for some time, news I received yesterday that former Delphos St. Johns High School Principal George Adams had passed away at his home at the age of 88 came as sad news indeed.
George Adams spent 25 years of his life at the Helm of my alma mater coming to Delphos from Wapakoneta in the fall of 1970.
I was in his first freshman class and I remember wondering after an opening day fire-brand lecture who this guy thought he was.
I soon found out. George Adams was a combination of shepherd and drill sergeant. Anything he lacked in size was more than made up by his demeanor and a voice that could strike fear in the most difficult student.
With classes twice the size of today, Mr. Adams as many graduates called him until his death, kept a stern hand on Blue jay baby-boom kids that garnered respect with every encounter.
He was fair and whether you had a run-in with him or not on one day, the next day would start out fresh
. We did have our disagreements when I was in school, but looking back he was always fair.
Over the past 3 decades he would often stop by the radio station just to chat and talk about old memories and I’ll cherish those conversations forever.
It’s a cliché that’s often over-used but George Adams is a man who will be missed by by us all.
That’s the way I see it.