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Obituary: Dr John Adams

Dr John Adams, who has died aged 63 after a long illness, was one of the outstanding healthcare academics of his generation. Former colleague and friend David Lewin pays tribute to one of nursing's most highly respected and esteemed figures.
John Adams

Dr John Adams, who has died aged 63 after a long illness, was one of the outstanding healthcare academics of his generation. Former colleague and friend David Lewin pays tribute to one of nursing's most highly respected and esteemed figures

A distinguished nurse, teacher, researcher and historian, John was educated at Aylesbury Grammar School and graduated from Selwyn College, Cambridge, with a degree in theological and religious studies.

John started his nurse training in 1976 at St George’s Hospital in London, on the two-year experimental state registered nurse (SRN) course for graduates.

Known affectionately as ‘Mr Adams’ by the school of nursing, ward staff and students alike, he was always cheerful, charming and diligent, with a dry wit that endeared him to everyone.

Life of scholarship

From his first job

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