OSU lab manager Steve Adams passes away

Steve Adams, one of Oregon State University’s devoted staff and supporters, passed away Jan. 5 due to complications from pneumonia.

An OSU employee since 1997, Adams was known for his ability to get work done and his love of family. He started as the Mechanical Engineering shop manager, and then took on the role of machining lab manager for Mechanical Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering (MIME) when the school was created in 2007. He was a key driver behind making the MIME machining lab one of the best in the country. Since he first pushed for ME 250, an introductory manufacturing class, to be a required course for MIME students, Adams has played a role in most students’ lives coming out of the school.

“Every student through MIME has contact with Steve, and I don’t think there is any other faculty member that we could say that about,” Head of the School of MIME, Belinda Batten, said.

“Steve was fantastic to work with,” Batten said. “Steve cared about students; he loved the kids in his program. I would hear stories from time to time of him grumping at them about leaving things around or making a mess, but it’s because he had extremely high standards. He wanted students to leave here being better than when they came in. I remember when his vision was to extend the shop to what it is today; he was so passionate about it and so proud of it. He’s just been such a wonderful part of our program.”

The first of two services begins on Monday, Jan. 10, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Corvallis. At 4 p.m., there will be a memorial service and celebration of life at the La Sells Stewart Center.  The family suggests that memorial contributions be sent to the OSU Foundation, 850 SW 35th St, Corvallis, OR  97333.  Funds donated will be used to start a machining lab operations fund in Steve’s name.  Flowers and cards can be sent to St. Mary’s Church in Corvallis between 8:45 and 10 am on Monday for the service.

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