David H. Adams, #55, 1946 – 1990
David Adams, Iowa’s first Spaatz cadet, died of heart failure in September of 1990. At the time of his death, Lt Col Adams was serving in the Tennessee Air National Guard, where he had served for over ten years, having previously spent several years on active duty in the US Air Force.
Lt Col Adams was a graduate of the University of Dubuque. Efforts are now underway to establish a scholarship in his name for CAP cadets, who wish to enter the University of Dubuque’s Aviation Program. For further information, contact Maj Eric Schneider at vog.pac.gwai@gi
Major Eric M. Schneider, CAP writes:
“In 1965, I came to the University of Dubuque, Dubuque, Iowa, from New Jersey, where I grew up. I was a C/2LT and visited the local squadron, where I met David Adams, who was also a University of Dubuque student.
“He graduated in 1968, after receiving his Spaatz, and went into the USAF, where he served for a number of years, eight I believe, before resigning to continue his education. He was only out a few months, according to his widow, when he joined the Air Guard, I believe Tenn., where he served until his death in 1990. He died of a heart attack, the day before his squadron was to leave for Desert Storm. He had served a total of over 22 years at the time of his death and was a Lt Col.
“Last fall, Major Ron Scheitzach, the local squadron CC and I attended a meeting of the UD Aviation students and recruited a number of them. At the time, I suggested a CAP/UD flight scholarship and thought of David Adams, who for me, epitomized the CAP/UD connection. When I tried to contact David, I found that the UD had lost track of him, but I was able to contact his brother Dan, also a UD graduate, who told me of David’s death. He also put me in touch with David’s widow, Sharon, also a UD graduate.
“My original intention had been to solicit David’s assistance and financial support. On learning of his passing, I determined that I would continue to work toward a scholarship, in his honor, as Iowa’s first Spaatz recipient. We are still working out the details, but that CAP/University of Dubuque Flight Scholarship will happen in the near future.”