Robert Gregory “Greg” Adams

March 16, 1954 ‒ March 22, 2010

Sarasota, Florida

Robert Gregory “Greg” Adams, 56, of Sarasota, Florida, departed from his life on earth, at Sarasota Memorial Hospital on Monday evening, March 22, 2010, following a brief illness.

Greg was born on March 16, 1954, to Robert Lee Adams and Pearl Finch Adams, in Raleigh, North Carolina. He lived and attended school in Cincinnati, Ohio, graduating from Oak Hills High School in 1972 and receiving a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Cincinnati in 1976.

Greg always had a great passion for and love of nature, the environment and science. He followed these interests as a graduate student and research assistant at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He completed his Masters degree in Entomology in 1981 through the guidance of James E. Lloyd, Ph.D., (retired).

Greg published in The Florida Entomologist (1981) “Search Paths of Fireflies in Two Dimensions.” He received requests from around the world for reprints of his publication.

Greg combined his science education with an interest in computers to begin his career in computer science and programming, first working in Ohio and then later in California, Oregon, and Florida. At the time of his death, Greg worked for Citigroup in Tampa, Florida.

At an early age, Greg taught himself to play the piano. A lover of classical music, he possessed the gift of playing even the most complex classical pieces, simply by listening to the music and then teaching himself to play it.

Greg is survived by his mother, Pearl Finch Adams and sister, April Oakes Turner (Kevin) and niece, Sylvie Leigh Turner, all of Birmingham, Michigan and by his uncle, Andrew H. Spencer (Judith Church) of New York City, New York.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Lee Adams and by his uncles, Earl Finch and Floyd G. Finch.

A private memorial service in honor of Greg’s life will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to:

University of Florida Foundation

Department of Entomology

Box 110620

Gainesville, Florida 32611

Greg’s hero, Albert Einstein, said, “I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.” And so, it did.

Those who knew Greg best would describe him as funny, smart and unconventional. He followed his dreams, not rules.

The Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, Mansfield, is honored to serve the Adams family, and condolences to them may be made at: