Adra Fairman

Obituary of Adra Fairman

Adra Armitage Fairman died on May 12, 2011 at her home in Pennswood Village, Newtown, Pa. Born in Newark, N. J. November 26, 1911, she was the daughter of Adra Fitts Armitage and Elwood Spencer Armitage. Educated at Prospect Hill School and Wellesley College, she married R. Kenneth Fairman in June 1935. He was associated with Princeton University Athletics from 1934 to 1974 and became the first Director of the Department of Athletics upon its formation by the University in 1947. Her husband predeceased her. She was a resident of Princeton, N. J. for 63 years before moving to Pennswood Village in 1998. She was active in civic affairs, having served as President of the Princeton Service League; and a Board member of the Trenton Junior League. One of a handful of women who started the Princeton Hospital June Fete, she was co-chairman of the second Fete in 1956 and on its Steering Committee from 1955 to 1991. She was a charter member of the Volunteers at Princeton Hospital and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Hospital from 1950 to 1954. She was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Unitarian Church of Princeton and President of the Stony Brook Garden Club in 1950-1952. She served three terms as President of the New Jersey Daffodil Society and was a Vice President and Regional Director of the American Daffodil Society. She was President of the Rockingham Association from 1984 to 1989 and an accredited Horticultural Judge of the Garden Club of America as well as serving on its National Affairs and Legislative Committee. She was the author of a series of articles on gardening that ran in the New York Times from 1985 through 1991. Her articles were also published in The Green Scene Magazine, Popular Gardening and Family Circle Magazine. She was a member of the Princeton Committee of the New Jersey Environmental Federation and worked as a volunteer at Reading for the Blind and Dyslexic. In 2001, she published a booklet, "Bill Clarke Stories" a compendium of anecdotes about a legendary Princeton University Baseball coach. She is survived by a son, Hugh Spencer Fairman of Stillwater, N.J.; a daughter, Adra Elissa Heher (Mrs. John R. Heher) of Maplewood, N. J.; three grandchildren, Hugh Spencer Fairman, Jr. of Round Rock, Texas; Virginia Fairman Kelson (Mrs. David Kelson) of Scarsdale, N. Y.; and Margaret Heher Hill (Mrs. Sebastian M. C. Hill) of Maplewood, N. J. as well as five great granddaughters and one great grandson. Contributions may be made to the "Orchard Fund" c/o The Rockingham Association, P.O. Box 496, Kingston, N.J. 08528.
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