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DR. AVIS ADAMS Avis Ericson Adams, a nationally recognized author, speaker, educator and administrator in the field of pharmacy, passed from this life Dec. 15, 2012, after waging a valiant battle with a nearly indestructible form of cancer. She was born in Chicago, Feb. 20, 1947, to Swedish Baptist immigrant parents, and moved at age three to Bethany Beach, then primarily a summer colony on Lake Michigan. She earned a baccalaureate in pharmacy from Ferris State University, then moved on to the University of Kentucky, where she earned the doctorate in pharmacy. She joined the clinical faculty of the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in Boston, specializing in women's health issues, and was in demand as a presenter on related topics at professional meetings and conferences throughout the country. She was named chair of the clinical department at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy where she initiated a program leading to the Pharm. D. degree. In 2001, Avis was named professor at Loma Linda University with the task of designing and building the academic program for a newly founded School of Pharmacy. She became its first dean and saw it grow dramatically in both enrollment and quality. Avis was a member and officer of Lambda Kappa Sigma, a professional fraternity in pharmacy, to which she devoted considerable leadership and energy. She moved to North Las Vegas after retiring in 2007. She leaves her husband, Alan Adams, the classical music reviewer for this newspaper; a sister, Carlye Wagasky of Grand Haven, Mich.; twin brothers, Clyde Ericson of Barrington, Ill., and Lloyd Ericson of Ocala, Fla.; stepchildren, Catherine Adams Scott of Lebanon, Mo., and Dr. Gregory Adams of West Haven, Conn.; and several cousins, nieces and nephews. A celebration of Avis's life will be in the spring at First Presbyterian Church. Memorial gifts may be directed to Nathan Adelson Hospice Foundation .


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