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Dr. Carl Merton Adair

Once hailed as an “Outstanding Young Man in America,” Dr. Carl Merton Adair died Jan. 20. Dr. Adair paved the way for excellence in industrial arts in public school and on a college level, having chaired departments at Patterson Junior High School and Coppin State College.

His hard work earned for him an honorary degree from Liberia’s Monrovia College Training and Industrial School.

Many also remember his leadership as an entrepreneur, having owned one of the largest gas stations in the state, and in the political arena through the Republican Central Committee.

Dr. Adair’s death leaves yet another void in the foundation of Black leadership in this city.

Services for Dr. Adair begin with public viewing, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Feb. 1 at March Funeral Home, 4300 Wabash Avenue with a family time 3 to 5 p.m. The wake begins 11 a.m., Feb. 2 at Douglas Memorial Community Church, 1325 Madison Avenue with the funeral service following at noon.