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.   


07/10/22 03:40 PM #4    

Gregory Stephen Phillips (1975)

This probably seems odd, writing more than nine years after she passed, but it's actually the first time I've seen this page and announcement. Not an excuse, but since I was only at FHHS for senior year and have spent most of my adult life so far afield of Northern Virginia, I don't have a lot of contacts back east from HS any more. I've often wondered about Mrs. Adams and considered it likely she had passed, but hadn't seen it confirmed until I would have sent flowers. Maybe I still will. Mrs. Adams, as others noted, was that special teacher. She wasn't easy, but you always knew she cared. I loved being in her class enough that I asked her if she would teach me something else that wasn't in the standard AP curriculum. She said yes and created an extra class for me and one other person (sorry, can't remember who it was) as a course in classic world literature. I still have the two book volume we used and it always reminds me of her and the joyous debates and discussions we had during those after-hours classes. It had meaning and value well beyond the pages of the stories we read and it opened my mind to a love of reading that I carry still today. Most importantly, I admired how much she cared about her students and remember her often even now as a touchstone and reminder for my own character and actions. I don't know if anyone else will see this and I don't really care, but I write this as a farewell long overdue. Thank you, Mrs, Adams, for helping keep me sane in high school, for enlargening my view of the world and excitement for learning, and for reminding me there is good in the world. May you rest in peace evermore.

07/11/22 05:34 PM #5    

Jeffrey Morton Seward (1971)

Joseph Andrews, Emma,Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man and Dubliners, Light in August, King Lear, The Way of the World and other canonical (Western) works became part of my knowledge base. Mrs. Adams was as noted kind but demanding. She made the transition to college quite easy and I felt at times a step ahead of some of my college mates who went to fancy private schools.

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