William Wells “Bill” Adams


On Feb. 15, William Wells “Bill” Adams of Silver Spring, MD, died peacefully. Beloved husband of Elizabeth Shaw Adams and devoted father of Ruth and Sarah (Dwight Shank) Adams, loving grandfather of Aaron, Hannah and Dylan, and dear brother of the late Carol Steele. Bill was a first-generation college student who received his undergraduate degree from UCLA and his Ph.D. from Columbia University.

He devoted most of his career to teaching and research in Mathematics at the University of Maryland, writing many articles and a few books on Number Theory. Bill was an avid birder who spent much of his free time looking to the trees in search of ever more elusive birds to add to his extensive life list (2,746 species).

Bill shared his birding passion with his wife, Liz, and daughter, Ruth, many friends, and his grandson, Dylan. When not birding, Bill could be found ushering at many theaters in the area, cheering on his grandchildren in all their activities, solving Kenken, reading, playing cards, boating in Southold and cheering on the Washington Nationals and Maryland Terps. Memorial contributions may be made to Nature Forward (natureforeward.org).

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