Robert Andrew Kane

Federal Executive

Robert Andrew Kane, 76, an executive in numerous Cabinet agencies, died of heart disease Nov. 15 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, N.C.

He served under eight presidents, working for the executive branch of government from 1952 until 1989. He then worked as a consultant to the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee until 1999, when he retired a second time and moved to Wrightsville Beach, N.C. While working in Washington, he lived in Arlington.

Mr. Kane was born in Raleigh, N.C., and graduated from North Carolina State University and Georgetown University. He served in the Army during the Korean War and was awarded a Bronze Star.

He worked for the U.S. Information Agency's Voice of America, the Department of Education, the Federal Energy Administration and the Justice Department, where he was associate commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

At the INS, he developed the first comprehensive information management program for the agency, noting in 1981 that a rush to computerize during the Carter administration was blocked by Congress for lack of planning.

"We were criticized for using computers to mirror our paper files, rather than replacing them. Before, we concentrated on controlling the paper files. Now we're looking for ways of controlling the information," he told a Washington Post reporter.

In 1985, he moved to the Defense Department as the assistant secretary for health affairs.

While living in Arlington, he was a vice president of the Northern Virginia Swim League.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Barbara Kane of Wrightsville Beach, N.C.; two children, Michael Kane of Arlington and Beth K. Davidson of Laytonsville; a sister, Gayle Grinstead of McLean; two brothers, John Kane of Miami and David Kane of McKinney, Tex.; and six grandchildren.

John Chauncey Adamson

Navy Officer, Contract Specialist

John Chauncey "Jack" Adamson, 61, a Navy helicopter pilot who became a principal with Booz Allen Hamilton, died Nov. 14 of colon cancer at his home in Mount Vernon.

After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1968, Cmdr. Adamson spent 20 years in the Navy, including a stint as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam. He settled in Fairfax County in 1983 and retired from the Navy five years later with the rank of commander.

From 1988 until his death, he worked with Booz Allen Hamilton in McLean on the company's contracts with the Navy and Marine Corps.

Cmdr. Adamson was born in Waynesburg, Pa. In 1982, he received a master's degree in international relations from Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I.

He was an elder at Heritage Presbyterian Church in Fort Hunt and a member of Officers Christian Fellowship. He was a member of Ducks Unlimited and the Theodore Roosevelt Association.

He also was the owner and operator of Hill House Vineyards in Luray, Va.

Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Kristina Tabb Adamson of Mount Vernon; three sons, John J. Adamson of Canton, Ga., Matthew E. Adamson of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Andrew Adamson of Mount Vernon; a sister, Emily Carpenter of Massey, Md.; and one grandson.