We all lost the best soul September 12th: Connie Adamson passed away after living 71 inspiring years (9 months with cancer). She was born in Fargo North Dakota on March 10, 1945, daughter of Mel and Mabel Hill of Valley City. As a National Merit Scholar, she graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from University of North Dakota where the President of the University called her "an outstanding leader…highly respected." She served as the national President of the National Association of University Women while simultaneously serving as the President of the local chapter of her sorority, Gamma Phi Beta. She then moved to Boston, Hawaii, Ecuador, Oregon, California, Maryland, and most recently, Virginia. After working as a journalist, teacher, and Director of Communication, she received her Masters with a 4.0 in Applied Behavioral Science with a concentration in Organizational Development from Johns Hopkins. For the rest of her career, she continued to advance multiple non-profits as a Program Manager, Senior Education Developer, and Manager of Program Development. She consistently empowered all who were fortunate to work with her. All the while, she continued to be the ideal mother, irreplaceable volunteer, avid pianist, butterfly lover, and remarkable friend. Although it was said of her in college, it remained through her life: "I have yet to meet a more perceptive, responsible, and conscientious individual." Connie was preceded in death by her parents, husband Aldis Adamson, and brother-in-law Armands Adamsons. She is survived by her sister and brother-in law Sandra and Robert Johnson of St. Cloud, MN; daughter and son-in-law Leah and David Simpson of Elizabeth City, NC and her son Spencer Adamson of North Bethesda, MD.; two grandchildren, Jada and Bennett Simpson; sister-in-law and brother-in law, Marika and Richard Leer of Marshfield, WI; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Juris and Jane Adamsons of New Smyrna Beach, FL; six nieces, and three nephews. Donations in her honor may be made to AAUW-an organization which advances equity for women and girls-at www.aauw.com.
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