Jack Adams

Jack Adams

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Jack A. Adams, 88, professor emeritus of psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, died on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010. The cause of death was cancer. He had been living in Falls Church, Va., since his retirement.

Born and raised in Davenport, Iowa, he served in World War II as an infantryman in the U.S. Army in three European campaigns and was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge and the Bronze Star. After the war, he attended the University of Iowa and in 1951 received a doctorate in experimental psychology. As a research psychologist for the U.S. Air Force Personnel and Training Research Center from 1951-57, he conducted research on personnel training.

From 1957-1965, he was director of the Aviation Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois, and from 1965 to his retirement in 1987, he taught courses in learning, memory and ergonomics and conducted laboratory research on these topics.

He was a Fulbright Research Scholar to the Netherlands in 1963-64, a member of the University of Illinois Center for Advanced Study in 1970-71 and, while on leave from the university in 1977-78, was a liaison scientist with the U.S. Navy's Office of Naval Research in London. He was author of more than 100 research articles and books.

His marriage to Marjorie McGuire ended in divorce in 1982. He is survived by his son, Samuel Adams (Pat) of Plainfield, Ind.; his daughter, Sarah Cashell (Bill) of Hillsboro, Ore.; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and his brother, Alonzo Adams of Raleigh, N.C. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alonzo and Florence Adams, and his brother, Arthur Adams.

Burial will be a private ceremony in Davenport, Iowa.

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