In Memory

Augusta C. Adams (A. P. English And World Literature, Ret. 1976)


Augusta Crump Adams, beloved wife of Col. Samuel Brown Adams USAF (Ret.), died peacefully in her sleep Monday morning, June 10, 2013 after a long illness. She is survived by her husband, three daughters, three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Augusta will be remembered by those who attended Fort Hunt High School (now Carl Sandburg Middle School) in the 1960's and 1970's as a highly regarded teacher of A.P. English and World Literature, as well as the Chairman of the English Department. She retired in 1976.
Augusta was born in Greenville, Mississippi, in 1926, the daughter of Brodie and Mary Augusta Crump. She attended Goucher College in Baltimore, MD, and received an M.A. degree from Penn State.
The funeral will be held at 2:30 p.m. in the Fairfax Chapel at Fort Belvoir, VA, on Sunday, June 30, and will be followed by a reception at the Fort Belvoir Officers' Club. The Fairfax Chapel is located at 5675 Mt. Vernon Road (next to Flagler Hall). In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent in her name to Saint Augustine Church, care of Rev. Will Wilson, 43723 Birch Manor Terrace, Ashburn, VA 20147.

Published in The Washington Post on June 14, 2013


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06/15/13 10:36 AM #1    

Deborah Sharpe (Fitzgerald) (1976)

For me, Mrs. Adams was "that" teacher.  I absolutely loved her and she taught me so much in senior year English. Remember "Sons and Lovers" and the dreaded Senior Paper???  When she returned our graded papers, she offered to work one on one with anyone wanting to improve their grade. I'd received a good grade, but I decided to go for an A, so she met with me several times after school and went over my paper with me one word at a time.  I still have that paper with her written comments.  Her teaching really made a difference when I had to tackle college assignments.  I have thought of her often.  I remember how devastated several of us were when she was injured in a car accident just before our graduation.  And on a final note; my husband and I met in Mrs. Adams' 6th period class; and our children have grown up hearing her name in that story!

06/15/13 10:37 AM #2    

Michael Fitzgerald (1976)

Mrs. Adams changed my life. Not only did she inspire my love for reading and books, but I also met my future wife in her class in 1975. Mrs Adams had the courage (with kindness) to knock me off my high horse of false confidence that every high schooler carries and the care to rebuild my knowledge and skills to survive college. I enjoyed her wisdom and smile and am so sorry she is gone.

06/16/13 12:12 PM #3    

Richard Rivers (1977)

Mrs. Adams was a teacher whose class I looked forward to.  She taught us so much.  I also remember mowing her lawn for a few years.  They were a wonderful family.  My condolences to Col Adams and their family.   


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