Former president of the JCU Board of Directors Allyn R. Adams passed away Sunday, Sept. 30 of a heart attack in his Berea, Ohio home. He was 69 years old.
“He was John Carroll for so many – always acting as an ambassador for the university and supporting our mission in meaningful ways,” the Rev. Robert Niehoff, S.J. told The Plain Dealer on Oct. 3.
Adams was born and raised in Cleveland and had the Jesuit identity engraved in him as a graduate of St. Ignatius High School.
Upon graduation, he stuck to his Cleveland and Jesuit roots by earning a Bachelor’s Degree in business from JCU in 1964.
After earning his Master’s in business from the University of Wisconsin, he became a captain in the Army Finance Corps and advised South Vietnam’s defense ministry during the war there.
He served as the board president at JCU from 2007 -2009, while serving on various other chair positions in Ohio as well.
Adams worked at the Cleveland office of what became Deloitte & Touche, as partner–in–charge of growth companies.