With Great Sadness We Announce the Passing of Tom Adams

Tom has been actively involved with Citizens for Criminal Justice Reform (CCJR) since July 2011, just six months after the organization was founded. His contributions to CCJR have been invaluable, as he has served as a faithful board member and volunteer, dedicating his time and effort to the organization's mission.

His roles within CCJR have been crucial to its success:

  1. Board Member and Volunteer: Tom's active participation since July 2011, shortly after CCJR's founding, demonstrates his dedication as both a board member and a volunteer. His consistent contributions have been invaluable to the organization's growth and effectiveness.
  2. Communication Secretary: Tom's role as the Communication Secretary highlights his responsibility for managing and enhancing internal communication within CCJR. Timely responses to mail from inmates and their families are essential for maintaining effective communication channels within the organization. This role ensures that critical information is disseminated efficiently.
  3. Acting Chair of the Legislative Policy Committee: Tom's leadership as the Acting Chair of the Legislative Policy Committee underscores his dedication to shaping CCJR's policy and advocacy efforts. This role involves strategizing and promoting legislative initiatives aligned with CCJR's goals related to criminal justice reform. His ability to foster a working relationship with the State Department of Corrections and act as a liaison with Commissioner Helen Hanks further highlights his skills in advocating for reform.

Tom's long-standing dedication and versatile contributions have made him an indispensable asset to CCJR. His absence will be deeply felt, as he has undoubtedly played a pivotal role in advancing the organization's mission. His legacy of advocating for meaningful criminal justice reform will continue to inspire others within CCJR and beyond.

Dr. Bob, Chairman of CCJR

Remembering Thom Adams Memorial service:

Sunday, October 1, 2023, from 2:00–3:30 p.m.

Location: French Building, 148 Concord Street, Manchester

 ART Exhibition Dates: Thursday, September 28–Friday, October 27, 2023



Thomas L. Adams Jr. Obituary

Concord, NH - was born in Concord on July 15, 1942. He was the son of the late Virginia H. Adams and Thomas L. Adams Sr. He passed away at his home in Concord on August 3, 2023. He leaves his brother John W. Adams and his sister-in-law Jane Ingham Adams of New Mexico; and his long-time friend Douglas S. Edwards of Concord, along with many close friends and fellow photographers and artists.
Thomas L. Adams Jr. obituary, 1942-2023, Concord, NHThomas grew up in Concord and was active in the Boy Scouts. He graduated from Concord High School in 1960, then attended the University of New Hampshire majoring in Education and graduated in 1964. His career began as a teacher, first in Bethlehem and then in Salem, NH. He left teaching to work with the NH Education Association advocating for both teachers and their students. Later he became the Executive Director for the Manchester Education Association serving twenty-seven years. During his tenure as Executive Director, Thomas graduated from The Harvard Trade Union Program at Harvard University.

Thomas was a Social Justice Advocate and Board Member of Citizens for Criminal Justice Reform. He helped found The Advancement of Hispanic Americans and the Coalition of Organized Public Employees.

After Thomas retired he pursued his photography interest and attended the Manchester Institute of Art. He later donated a photography collection to the MIA for public viewing and extensive student use. In 2011, the MIA hosted a public exhibit of photographs from Thomas's private collection. Thomas was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the MIA in 2012.

In 2011, Thomas attended the Maine College of Art in Portland where he opened the Radiant Light Gallery he operated for many years.

In 2021, along with other volunteers, Thomas founded the John Brook Archive. John Brook was a Boston photographer whose work inspired many, and one day his story will be told by dedicated volunteers.

Thomas was an advocate and mentor for many students from around the world who were seeking higher education. The powers of inspiration and education were the very essence of Thomas.

On August 17, 2023, Thomas was interred in the family plot at the Oakland Cemetery in Meredith, NH.

Published by Concord Monitor on Aug. 31, 2023. LINK