In Memory

Robert G. Adair

Robert G. Adair, 33, of Alton, Health Educator for St. Joseph's Hospital, died on June 1, 1984 at St. Louis University Hospital.  He had been in failing health three days.

He was previously Director of Marketing and Education at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb.

Born in Alton, he was the son of Pauline (Galley) Adair of Godfrey and the late George A. Adair.

Surviving, in addition to his mother, are his wife, the former Marla K. Angel, whom he married Dec. 28, 1974 in Godfrey; a daughter, Ellen Ann Adair at home; and two sisters, Sharon Clark of Arlington, Va., and Jane Adair of Springfield.

Visitation was at Gent Funeral Home and funeral services were held at the First United Methodist Church in Godfrey with the Rev. Marshall Semingson officiating.  Burial was in Valhalla Memorial Park.

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04/27/09 09:03 PM #1    

Kristine Foster (Narup)

I remember the day Bob died in the spring of 1984.

We were both working at St. Joseph Hospital in 1984. I was in the Business Office and he was in Education.

While we hadn't known each other at AHS, I really enjoyed his classes. He was always postive and well spoken. He was blessed with a humble and gentle spirit.

One day in the spring word spread quickly through the hospital that Bob was gravely ill in the ER and was about to be airlifted to St. Louis. In shock, several of us went to the ER. Laying on the stretcher he looked at us and, with a big smile, gave us the thumbs up.

He later died from Sepsis. None of us even knew he was ill. From what I could gather, he had been ill since January but hadn't gone to the doctor. I think he thought it was a nagging cold.

His memorial service in the chapel at St. Joe's was packed. Many fond memories were shared and we sadly said goodbye. Such a bright future cut way too short.

It was a revelation to me that life can change in a minute so take your life and to make it happen while you still can.

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