Dr. Gregory John Adamson

December 9, 1960June 11, 2019
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Peoria - Dr. Gregory J. Adamson, 58, of Peoria, passed away on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

He was born December 9, 1960 in Monticello, IA to Robert and Barbara (Vernon) Adamson. He married Michelle M. Rodriguez on January 16, 1993 in Santa Fe, NM.

Surviving is his wife, Michelle of Peoria; their four children, Hannah Adamson of Sioux City, IA, Clayton, Lily and Sarah Adamson all of Peoria; his father, Robert Marvin (Shirley) Adamson of Rockford; siblings, Parke (Diane) Adamson of Columbus, GA and Ellen Kay (Ty) Taylor of Oregon, IL.

He was preceded in death by his mother, and one brother Clayton Adamson.

Dr. Adamson graduated Summa Cum Laude from Augustana College with a Bachelor's Degree in Biology and Pre-med, and then received his Medical Degree from Stanford University Medical School. He was a member of the Aristea Freshman Honor Society and Phi Beta Kappa, Zeta Chapter. Gregory was also a member of the J.W. Littler Hand Society, Fellow, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Peoria Medical Society, Illinois State Medical Society Trustee and the American Medical Association. Dr. Adamson was published in the Journal of Arthroplasty in 1996, and was a presenter at the Western Orthopedic Association Conference. Dr. Adamson was elected to the Peoria County Board in 2016, representing District 11.

He started his career in Peoria at Great Plains Orthopedics and then founded Peoria Hand Surgery in 2015. Dr. Adamson was currently serving as the immediate Past President of the Peoria Medical Society, following his Presidency in 2018. Dr. Adamson joined the Peoria Medical Society in 1995 and has been active on the board since 2011; taking a leave from 2013 to 2015 to pursue his MBA at the University of Michigan. When Dr. Adamson returned he once again joined the board of directors and served as a Director in 2016, then President Elect in 2017. Dr. Adamson was recently elected as the Illinois State Medical Society Region 1 Trustee and had served as a Delegate at the ISMS annual meetings for several years. His leadership has been outstanding and he will be sorely missed.

Dr. Adamson traveled to Haiti in 2010, providing free Orthopedic surgical services to victims of the earthquake. He also regularly volunteered at Cordoba Health Care, providing free medical care to the Peoria community.

A visitation will be from 4 to 8 pm, Friday, June 14, 2019 at Davison-Fulton Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home in Peoria. A funeral service will be at 10:00 am, Saturday, June 15, 2019 at the funeral home. Burial will follow the service at Historic Springdale Cemetery in Peoria.

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  • Robert Marvin and Shirley Adamson, Father
  • Barbara Ann Vernon Adamson, Mother
  • Michelle M. Rodriguez Adamson, Wife
  • Hannah Adamson, Daughter
  • Clayton Adamson, Son
  • Lily Adamson, Daughter
  • Sarah Adamson, Daughter
  • Parke and Diane Adamson, Brother
  • Ellen Kay and Ty Taylor, Sister
  • Clayton Adamson, Brother
  • - Gregory was preceded in death by his mother, Barbara and brother, Clayton

  • Parke Adamson, Pallbearer
  • Clayton Adamson, Pallbearer
  • Ty Taylor, Pallbearer
  • Brian Johnson, Pallbearer
  • Jim Hubler, Pallbearer
  • Todd Roush, Pallbearer


  • Visitation Friday, June 14, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, June 15, 2019
  • Burial Saturday, June 15, 2019


Dr. Gregory John Adamson

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Darrell Kuhne

June 19, 2019

Dr. Adamson was a tremendous surgeon and person. He helped me and my family through our orthopedic tribulations, was always quick with his dry wit and always took the time to explain everything in great detail and made sure we understood before going further. He will be sorely missed in a variety of facets and our prayers are with his family and staff. May God bless him.

Jennifer Schertz (DeBolt)

June 17, 2019

Adamson Family: I am so sorry to hear about the sudden passing of Dr. Adamson. He was there for me as a doctor and a friend when I went through a very rough period in my life. I got to know the kids (Hannah, Clayton, and Lily) when I would babysit for them every so often. The thing I remember most about him, was the way that he listened no matter if it was about an injury or something else. He always took time to explain things in a manner that everyone could understand. I always treasure the day that he allowed me to observe a couple of his surgeries. To me, he was larger than life. It is comforting to me to know that after he breathed his last breath here on earth, he breathed his first breath in the presence of our Lord and savior. Michelle and Kids- There are not enough words that anyone could say to lessen any of the pain that you are feeling. Just know that there are a lot of people praying for you. Praying that Jesus will wrap his loving arms around you and that one day, you can find peace.

Michael Steele

June 16, 2019

In Nov/Dec of 2003 I went to Dr. Adamson seeking his help with my right tricep. I explained how the injury occurred and how it had been treated to that point. He immediately knew what was wrong and told me that I had ruptured my tricep tendon. He was very upset that my family doctor had not diagnosed my injury. He immediately scheduled me for surgery and assured me that he would get me fixed up. At that point I knew I was in good hands. I just remember his professionalisms, wisdom and his confidence. My heart is broken hearing of his sudden passing. I will never forget him!!

John and Lorraine Rodriguez

June 15, 2019

Greg loved God, and he worked in God's vineyard to make Him known.
Greg loved the poor and he served them well.
Greg was meek with a tinge of cockiness which showed in his smile.
Greg loved justice and he fought for it.
Greg showed mercy and compassion to those who came to him broken of body.
Greg comforted those who mourned.
Greg loved peace, and he worked for it in his community.
Greg was a warrior for righteousness, he fought the battles and forged on.
Greg encountered opposition for his beliefs, but he ran the race well and, now, his reward is great in heaven.
Greg was our son-in-law, and we loved him dearly. Our hearts are broken, but our Faith comforts us, for we know he is in the arms of his God.

Mary Sierra

June 14, 2019

I am truly saddened by the passing of such a kind, compassionate, and skilled physician. Dr. Adamson listened well which is a gift he shared with many.

I so appreciate his gentle care and honest assessment of the then and now level of performance and healing ascribed to my injury.

He will missed for so many reasons. My prayers and condolences are extended to his family, friends, and current patients...such a loss.

All my best.

John Funk

June 14, 2019

My deepest sympathies to the family of Dr. Adamson, and in particular to Michelle, who I was also fortunate to get to know while under the doctor’s care. I am shocked and deeply saddened.
Highly recommended and very professional, I very quickly came to also regard him as a friend. We had many humorous exchanges to go with his excellent care. He will be missed.

Shannon Coats

June 14, 2019

Dr. Adamson was the first doctor I worked with after just finishing school to be a surgical tech. It is a stressful position let alone in orthopedics. He was wonderful, patient and always so kind to his patients and staff. I enjoyed my time with him and am so saddened that the area has lost such a gifted individual. My thoughts are with all of you at such a trying time. I hope one day the memories you've made will make you smile without the tears. My sincere condolences to you and the family.

Joseph Holland

June 14, 2019

I was the center for Greg the quarterback for most of the 1977 high school football season. I was not the greatest athlete. Although a year my junior, he was a leader and he made me feel like I was an important part of the team. A couple years later, we were both lifeguards at the Oregon pool. At the time he was on a kick where he only ate microwaved white meat chicken, obviously a harbinger of his future fitness obsession. He once referred to Doritos as "death chips"; I think about that virtually every time I eat one. What an accomplished person Greg became.

I consider Parke a lifelong friend. Although time and distance has forced us along different paths, he remains one of my favorite people on the planet. I can't imagine losing a brother, Parke has lost two. Know that you are in my thoughts as you traverse this difficult time. Ellen, you're in my thoughts as well. Peace to all.

Rich and Jan Driessnack

June 14, 2019

Oh Michelle....

We grieve with you in losing Greg so suddenly....Rich is so grateful to have been able to spend some time with you and Greg just the day before. Greg was so deep, so thoughtful, so kind. He was loyal and selfless. Rich always considered him a friend and brother in Christ.

We will miss him, and pray for God's presence and comfort for you and your family now.

Rich and Jan Driessnack

Glori Daniel

June 14, 2019

Dr. Adamson was an amazing man & doctor. He performed both of my surgeries on my right wrist/hand. Always took the time to listen to you, look you in the eye when he talked to you, asked about you & he truly cared. After the surgery on my wrist I had complications & he met me at the office around 2 am to fix the problem, he is one of a kind! One of my favorite things about Dr. Adamson is his sense of humor and he loved my tattoos.

We have lost truly one of the great one!


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