May 4, 2011

The New York Times

April 27, 2011 Wednesday
Late Edition – Final

SECTION: Section B; Column 0; Classified; Pg. 17

LENGTH: 211 words

ADAMS–Kenneth Gaither. York College/CUNY mourns the passing of Professor Kenneth G. Adams, Chair and Professor of the Performing and Fine Arts Department, who died at home in Queens on Wednesday, April 20th after a brief illness. A native of Baltimore, with a Bachelor of Music Education (Howard University) and a Master of Music (Manhattan School of Music), he was considered a master of the flute, piccolo, clarinet and saxophone. His Broadway credits started with Guys and Dolls in the 1970s and concluded with Finian’s Rainbow in 2010. He played with the New York City Ballet, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the New York Virtuosi, the Dance Theatre of Harlem and the Black Repertory Ensemble of Chicago and recorded with Luther Vandross and Mary J. Blige. York College students have benefited from Prof. Adams’ extraordinary experience in performance, conducting, and musicianship since 1971.

We deeply appreciate his contributions; his qualities of calm, discipline and balance will be missed. A memorial service will be held on May 21, 2011 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 85 Greenway South, Forest Hills, New York 11375. We extend our deepest sympathies to his wife Velma, son Mark and granddaughter Marleigh.

President Marcia V. Keizs and the York College Community