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Robert J. Adams, retired professor of business

Nov. 27, 1939 – May 29, 2013

Robert John Adams, Ph.D., a retired professor who taught at Edinboro University’s School of Business for 23 years and had been active in Buffalo for many years, died May 29 in Cambridge Springs, Pa., after a short illness. He was 73.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Bishop Timon High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Canisius College in 1969. In 1974, he earned a doctorate in finance and economics from Pennsylvania State University. He left Buffalo in August 1992.

A member of the Amherst School Board, Dr. Adams ran Playtime, USA in Buffalo and worked at Bethlehem Steel before pursuing a teaching career.

He also taught at Canisius College and in the New York State prison system, and presented financial testimony as an expert witness for grand juries in New York State.

Having all six of his children graduate from college was his proudest accomplishment, according to family members.

Dr. Adams coached youth ice hockey in Amherst for 20 years.

He was an avid golfer, model train enthusiast, Civil War buff and Broadway musical aficionado.

His wife of 27 years, Gail Steibel Adams, died in 1992.

A memorial service was held Sunday in Edinboro.

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