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Letter: a tribute to Dr John Adams

John Adams was a strong advocate of nursing history and a gifted speaker, writer and editor. Members of the RCN History of Nursing Society pay tribute to a much loved colleague.
Claire Chatterton, John Adams and Dianne Yarwood

John Adams was a strong advocate of nursing history and a gifted speaker, writer and editor. Members of the RCN History of Nursing Society pay tribute to a much loved colleague.

John Adams was an active and longstanding member of the RCN’s History of Nursing Society (HoNS), most recently serving as a member of the steering committee from 2011 to 2015.

Advocate of nursing history

He will be remembered as a strong advocate of nursing history and its scholarship, and for his kindness, wit and passion for making history real. He was both a gentleman and a gentle man.

As professor Anne-Marie Rafferty said: ‘He burrowed away quietly in the archives, often on his own initiative, as the long distance scholar but had a knack for spotting a great topic

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