Dr. F. K. Adams dies practiced nearly 50 years


Services for Frederick Kit Adams Sr., a Baltimore physician for nearly a half-century, will be held at 11:30 a.m. today at St. James Episcopal Church, 829 N. Arlington Ave.

Dr. Adams died Tuesday at the Meridian Multi-Medical Nursing Home in Towson after a lengthy illness. He was 88.

Born in Hearne, Texas, Dr. Adams was raised and educated in nearby Dallas. He graduated from Howard University in Washington and then attended Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn.

Following medical school, he came to Baltimore's old Provident Hospital for his internship. He then opened a private general practice in Sparrows Point. Five years later, he moved his office to Caroline Street in East Baltimore, where he remained for the next 42 years, until his retirement in 1980.

Dr. Adams, who lived in Morgan Park before moving to the nursing home in 1988, was a past president of the Monumental Medical Society in Baltimore and for 40 years was a member of the state medical society.

He was one of the first black physicians to admit patients at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Dr. Adams, who had a summer home in Annapolis, was an avid fisherman and sailor and owned a 32-foot Pacemaker yacht. He and his wife, the former Mary Richards of Charleston, S.C., whom he married in 1937, also enjoyed traveling.

Dr. Adams belonged to two social fraternities, Alpha Phi Alpha and Sigma Pi Phi, and was also a member of the Seafarers Yacht Club.

He is survived by a daughter, Barbara Adams Ramos of Washington; a son, Dr. Frederick Kit Adams Jr. of Silver Spring; and two grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial donations to Meharry Medical College.

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