Harold M. Adams

Harold M. Adams

Harold M. Adams, 91, of 230 Danis St., Mill Hall, died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018 at the Haven Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Lock Haven.

Born Oct. 24, 1926 in Greenburr, Pa., he was a son of the late James Garfield and Carrie Kahl Adams.

On July 3, 1965 in Roaring Springs, Pa., he married Patricia Conn who survives at home.

For eight years Harold attended a one-room school which he fondly referred to as the “Greenburr Academy”. Harold graduated from the Sugar Valley High School.

He was drafted out of his senior year into the U.S. Navy on Feb. 6, 1945. In the Navy he served at Bainbridge, Md., Norfolk, Va., Chincoteague, Va. He was discharged from the Navy July 16, 1946. For his service he received the W.W. II Victory Medal, and the American Area Medal.

Harold graduated from the Lock Haven Teachers College, now Lock Haven University, in May, 1955. He began his teaching career in Blossburg High School where he taught English for five years.

In May of 1960 he received his Master’s Degree from Bucknell University with certification in Administration and Supervision. In September 1960 he was named principal of Blossburg High School. In August 1962, he was named principal of Bald Eagle-Nittany High School, a position he held for 30 years until his retirement in 1992.

Following his retirement Harold earned his private pilot’s license.

One of the greatest honors bestowed upon him was in June 1992 when Lock Haven University recognized him with their “Distinguished Educator Award” for his 32 years as a high school principal.

During his lifetime Harold belonged to and held offices in a number of organizations including: as a member and past president of the Kiwanis Club of Mill Hall and a recipient of the Hixson Fellowship Award from Kiwanis International; American Legion Post #444, Millheim; the Lock Haven University Alumni Association, Executive Committee; Phi Delta Kappa; United Way Board of Directors; Clinton County Retired Educators; a volunteer at the Sentimental Journey Fly-In; National Association of School Principals; PA Associations of Secondary School Principals; Central PA School Principals; the C’s Flying Club; a 50-plus year member of Bloss Lodge F & AM; Williamsport Consistory; Jaffa Shrine and the Clinton County Shrine Club.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Carrie (Kurt) Adams-Smith of Lock Haven.

He was preceded in death by three sisters, Aileen Meyer, Ruth Koch and Jean Beschler, and two brothers, Gordon and Glenn Adams.

A funeral service honoring the life of Harold M. Adams will be held Monday, Sept. 10 in the Dean K. Wetzler, Jr. Funeral Home, 320 Main St., Mill Hall, with Pastor Susan Champion officiating. Friends will be received in the funeral home from 11:30 a.m. until time of services. Interment will be in the Greenburr Methodist Cemetery.

The family will provide flowers and suggests memorial contributions to the Clinton County SPCA through the funeral home. Arrangements are entrusted to the Dean K. Wetzler, Jr. Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at www.wetzlerfuneralhome.org

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