John Douglas Adam

March 21, 1943August 7, 2018

On Tuesday, August 7, 2018, John Douglas Adam, husband, father and brother, passed away after a sudden illness at the age of 75 years. Douglas will be forever remembered by his wife and best friend of 49 years, Elspeth, their sons, Neil (wife Julie) and Mark (wife Cindy) and his brother, Ron (wife Maureen). He will be greatly missed by his grandchildren, Cecilia (5), Sloane (2), Miles (2 months), extended family and dear friends. Douglas was born in Stirling, Scotland and graduated from the University of Glasgow where he received a PhD in Electrical Engineering and captained the rowing team. Douglas’s career in electrical engineering included numerous patents for both Westinghouse and Northrup Grumman as a part of their Research and Development Division for the United States Department of Defense. Douglas had a passion for his work. He led an active lifestyle, had a quiet sense of humor and the uncanny ability to fix anything. He was an avid gardener, rower, cook and runner. He treasured time with his wife and sons and enjoyed family gatherings. He will be missed beyond words. A Celebration of Douglas’ s life will be held at 11:00AM on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, at the First Presbyterian Church of Annapolis located at 171 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis, MD. Donations celebrating Douglas’s life can be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Annapolis ( or March for Science (


  • Memorial Service Tuesday, August 14, 2018

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Barbara Leonard

August 14, 2018

I am Ginny Hartman's sister; and although I never met Douglas, I felt I knew him through many shared stories. One that stands out in my mind is a Thanksgiving that Ginny invited Douglas and Elspeth over for dinner and Douglas offered to bring his famous lemon souffle. Who, I wondered, is this wonderful man who would offer to make a complicated desert like a souffle. A family man, for sure. I only ever heard nice things about Douglas and I'm sorry I will not get to meet him. My heart goes out to Elspeth and family.
Sincerely, Barb Leonard