Remembering Jan Adams
Janice "Jan" Cooper Adams, co-director of Camp Idlepines for Girls in Strafford, passed away on Aug. 29, 2012, after a long illness.
Jan was born in Rochester, on April 5, 1926, to Burt Randall and Lillian Foss Cooper. She graduated from Spaulding High School in 1943. She was a 1945 graduate of Colby Junior College, attended Bouve Boston School and graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1947.
She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Richard O. Adams of Concord and Strafford; her three daughters, Jennifer Adams of Keene, Susan Swann and her husband, Allen, of Casselberry, Fla., Deborah Johnston and her husband, Fred, of Charlotte, N.C.; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Jane Cooper Fall of Rochester; and 12 nieces and nephews. Janice was predeceased by her brother, Richard Foss Cooper, and her sister, Barbara Cooper Thompson Cogswell.
Jan and her husband, Dick, raised their three girls in Cranford, N.J., and Wilton, Conn., where she was a substitute schoolteacher, Sunday school teacher, a Brownie and Girl Scout Leader and an active PTA member. After Dick's retirement from Exxon in 1982, they divided their time between Strafford and Winter Springs, Fla., and later between Strafford and Concord. She and Dick loved golfing, traveling with friends and their days on Bow Lake.
Jan and her sister Jane were co-directors of Camp Idlepines for Girls on Bow Lake from 1954 through 1982, and then Idlepines Day Camp through 1985. Together they were known as "Aunt Jan" and "Aunt Jane" to more than 1,370 Idlepines alumni from around the world.
Jan was a distinguished member of the New England Camping Association and in 1968 served on the leadership team that hosted the first Camp Director Certification Institute, developing a model that now serves as the standard for the development and education of camp directors who belong to the American Camping Association (ACA). Jan received ACA's prestigious National Honor Award in 1980 for her work as the National Leadership chairperson, coordinator of the Camp Director Certification Institute and dean of the Camp Director Institute.
Jan was a devout Christian and was active in the First Presbyterian Church in Cranford, Wilton Congregational Church in Wilton, St. Paul Episcopal Church in Darien, Conn., New Covenant Church in Winter Springs, Fla., and the Free Will Baptist Church in Bow Lake, Strafford.
A celebration of her life will be held at Free Will Baptist Church in Bow Lake, Strafford, on Sept. 22 at 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Send a Child to Camp Fund, American Camping Association, 5000 State Road, 67 North, Martinsville, IN 46151-7902.