Eleanor graduated from Gettysburg College but stayed an extra semester to student teach and this is how she met her husband, James (Jim) Adams. Jim joined the army right after graduation. Jim and Eleanor got married in September of 1966 and soon thereafter, he was deployed to Korea for 13 months.
While Jim was in Korea, Eleanor was living in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, teaching grades K-12 vocal music nearby in Fairfield, Pennsylvania. When he returned from Korea, Eleanor and Jim moved to Fort Knox, Kentucky. While in Fort Knox, their first child, Mark, was born. Six weeks after Mark was born, Jim received orders for Vietnam. Eleanor moved to Aberdeen, Maryland, which is where Jim is originally from. When Jim got back from Vietnam, they moved to Hyattsville, Maryland, where he attended the University of Maryland and studied student personnel counseling in higher education. The following year, Scott was born. While Jim was still in graduate school and working as Director of Student Activities at Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland, their third child, Kimberly, was born.
After completing his doctorate, Jim took a position as Vice-President for Student Affairs at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, New York. The family moved to Westfield, New Jersey, where they stayed for the next 29 years. After Jim retired, Eleanor and Jim moved to Concord, North Carolina, to be near their children and grandchildren.
All photos courtesy of Eleanor Adams.