Daniel “Danny” F. Adams

October 12, 2013 • Obituaries

Daniel (“Danny”) F. Adams, age 70, died on August 25, 2013, in Healdsburg, CA, at the home of his wife, Sandra Jordan Adams, after nearly a year long struggle against pancreatic cancer. Dan was born in Roswell, NM on July 13, 1943. He is survived by his wife, Sandra, of Healdsburg, CA, two brothers, Terry of Dallas, TX and Ben of Corona, NM, and two stepdaughters, Julie Brette Adams of Santa Fe, NM and Tatiana V. Harrison of Healdsburg, CA. Dan was preceded in death by his wife, friend and partner of over thirty years, Marcia Myers Adams in 2008, and his parents, Dorothy and Ben Adams, of Roswell, NM.

Dan’s wit and charm attracted many friends to him over the years, from all walks of life and all corners of the globe. Never one to miss an opportunity for fun, Dan especially loved social gatherings where he was often found at the center of a lively discussion of politics, world affairs, art, Southwest Indian archaeology, ranching, classic cars or finance.

Dan’s life and accomplishments were truly varied and numerous. During the past twenty years, Dan’s passion, and [auth] obsession, was in becoming a true son of the Southwest, and especially of the New Mexico high mesa country, as a cattle rancher. Together, Marcia and Dan created and developed the Adams Corona Ranches, located outside Corona, NM, on which Dan applied his considerable intellect and unbounded personal energy, to build a successful cow and calf ranching operation and create along with it a game preserve and sanctuary.

While Dan was “learning the ropes” and living as a rancher, he also continued to pursue his lifelong passion and interest in southwestern and New Mexico Indian culture and archaeology. Beginning at an early age Dan collected, archived and documented numerous Southwestern Indian artifacts, the entire collection of which Dan recently donated to the Maxwell Museum in Albuquerque, NM.

Dan’s cowboy life and career were preceded by a 26-year career in international finance and banking at the International Finance Corporation, World Bank. Dan joined the IFC in 1971, following his graduation and receipt of an AM degree in Government from Harvard University. In his career at the IFC Dan acted as a true “world banker,” traveling to, and working in, over 60 emerging market countries, designing, developing and implementing capital markets and financial infrastructure projects in those countries. Dan was named to numerous Senior Management positions and Vice Presidencies during his time at the World Bank, including being named the youngest Vice-President in the IFC and the only one named to multiple vice-presidencies. Upon his retirement in 1997 Dan received the title of Vice President Emeritus and Senior Advisor.

Dan’s intellectual talents and energies were recognized throughout his early school days in Roswell, NM, where he graduated as class valedictorian of the 1961 Roswell High School graduating class. Afterwards, Dan attended Princeton University, where he graduated Summa cum Laude in 1966, receiving a BA degree. Following graduation from Princeton Dan was named a Fulbright Scholar, and studied at Universidad Catolica, in Santiago, Chile during 1966 and 1967. Dan then attended the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Affairs, from which he received an MA degree in 1968. While at Johns Hopkins Dan also was elected president of the student body. In 1968 Dan was named a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship to attend Harvard University where he was enrolled in the Ph.D. program in the department of Government during the years from 1968 to 1971.

Dan’s accomplishments both in his younger years and later at Princeton were not limited to the classroom, as he was an avid and accomplished baseball player and athlete, playing shortstop on the Princeton varsity baseball team, as well as the Roswell High School team.

Ultimately, Dan’s true nature and passion was to be a man of action, resulting in his decision to join the World Bank in 1971. So many countless people, indeed so many countries, have benefited greatly from that decision and his passion for action and accomplishment.

The motto adopted by Dan and Marcia upon embarking on their life as ranchers in the Southwest was “If not us, who? If not now, when?” Dan’s entire life reflected his adherence to this admonition. A life well and fully lived, Dan will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Memorial services will be held at later dates, in Healdsburg, CA, and Adams Corona Ranches, Corona, NM.

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