Posted on January 14, 2021
At the final Board meeting of 2020, the Trustees of The Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation honored retiring, legacy Trustee Dr. Robert Merrihew Adams. Trustees thanked Dr. Adams for his forty years of dedicated service to the Foundation. In recognition of his commitment to the goals and mission of the Foundation, Trustees approved a resolution detailing Dr. Adams’ creative and intentional support for doctoral students through the Newcombe Fellowship Program and for graduate and undergraduate students through the Newcombe Scholarship Programs.
The resolution accords Dr. Adams Trustee Emeritus status. Additionally, the Trustees designated one doctoral fellowship, administered through the Institute for Citizens & Scholars, as the Robert M. Adams – Charlotte W. Newcombe Fellowship in Philosophy in honor of his distinguished contributions to scholarship, research, and teaching.
Trustee Elizabeth T. Frank notes, “Bob was in the unique position of having known Mrs. Newcombe and of having been an original Trustee of the Foundation. As such, he was very familiar with Mrs. Newcombe’s philanthropic interests. For all these years Bob has helped to guide the Trustees in keeping to the mission of the Foundation. As a professor, he helped the Trustees understand the college/university world. He was knowledgeable in all facets of the Foundation’s business…investments, accounting, IRS regulations to name a few. Bob was an excellent listener, often being the last to speak and always was able to help us come to a consensus.”
Trustee J. Barton Luedeke adds, “Bob Adams played an integral role in the creation of The Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation in the early 1980s and his wisdom, insights, and unfailingly sound counsel have been invaluable to the work of the Foundation over the subsequent years. He will be greatly missed.”