Ohio connection: Birth
John R. Adams was born July 22, 1900, in Cincinnati, son of Thomas (an engraver) and Margaret (Morse) Adams. Adams graduated from high school at age 15. He earned a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Michigan in 1920 and 1922 respectively. While attending the University of Michigan, he met Jane Ford (a free-lance writer); they married on June 26, 1923. In 1925 they moved to Seattle, Washington, where Adams had secured a teaching position at the University of Washington. While in Seattle, Adams contracted a mild case of tuberculosis. To improve his health, the couple moved to San Diego, California. Adams earned his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in 1940. He became a professor at California Statue University in San Diego where, during his career there of more than 40 years, he also served as Chairman of Division of Languages and Literature (1946-56) and Division of Humanities (1956-68); he retired in 1968 and served as University Archivist. His books include Edward Everett Hale; Harriet Beecher Stowe.
John R. Adams died April 25, 1994, in Chula Vista, CA.
John R. Adams was a faculty member at San Diego State University (SDSU) for over 40 years. Listen to a series of interviews with Adams, conducted on August 7 and August 14, 1973, as part of SDSU’s digital Special Collections & Archives Faculty Oral Histories. Click here to listen; there are links to download the interview transcripts in pdf format.