Delaware Reacts

Gov. Markell’s Statement on the Passing of Senate President Pro Tempore Thurman Adams Jr.

DOVER – Gov. Jack Markell released the following statement Tuesday in response to the news that Senate President Pro Tempore Thurman Adams Jr. passed away. The Governor has ordered that flags fly at half-staff at all state buildings in honor of Senator Adams.
“Delaware lost one of its most respected and dedicated leaders today,” Markell said.
“My thoughts and prayers are with Senator Adams’ family during this difficult time. I want to thank them for sharing Senator Adams with Delaware for so many years as the state is better off as a result of his decades of service. Senator Adams dedicated most of his life to serving the public and there has not been a law passed in the last 30 years that he did not touch in some way. His legacy will be felt for generations.”


Senator Carper Comments on the Death of Friend Thurman Adams

WILMINGTON (June 23, 2009) – Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) issued the following statement today in honor of his good friend Thurman Adams.  “This is a very sad day for Delaware. A longtime friend, a lifelong servant of the people, and a Sussex County icon, Thurman Adams will be sorely missed. When I was governor, I had the good fortune of working closely with Thurman on many issues. As a legislator and a business owner, Thurman worked tirelessly for the interests of Delaware’s agriculture and business communities. He also understood better than most Delaware’s pre-eminent role in the corporate world, and he had a fierce commitment to our state’s superior judiciary and to standing up for what he believed in most.  “Whether you agreed with Thurman’s politics or not, you respected him. Delaware is a far better place in which to live and work because of Thurman Adams, his stewardship and his steadfast leadership.  “I have fond memories of Thurman. He was often my partner in the egg-toss contest and my host on Governor’s Day at the State Fair. I loved spending the 4th of July with Thurman and his family after the Bethany Beach parade every year, to name just a few.  “The Executive Committee that he chaired never blocked a single nomination that I sent to the senate as governor. He served this state for 37 years, and for his service we will always be grateful.  “My thoughts are with all who knew him best and loved him most – daughters Polly and Lynn, his seven grandchildren, and those three great-grandchildren. Like those who passed before him, his wonderful wife Hilda and their son Brent, I am sure Thurman’s spirit will live on in all of them.”

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