Donald Ady

Memorial Service will be held in the Spring

Obituary of Donald W. Ady

Donald Wilson Ady began his life on September 28th, 1932 in Canton China.

Born to Presbyterian missionary parents Merrill and Lucile Ady. Donald

was residing in Hong Kong with his parents on December 12th, 1941 when

war broke out. After the island fell, they were interned at Stanley Prison until they

were repatriated in June of 1942. After the war, the family returned to China where

Donald attended The Shanghai American School. He returned to the United States 

at the outset of the Shanghai Campaign, finishing high school in Evansville Illinois.


After graduating from Wooster College with a degree in Chemical engineering,

Donald served for two years in the U.S. Army, after which he attended Ohio State 

University, graduating with a Masters in Chemical engineering. While living in Columbus, he met his future wife Barbara Sayers, and they were married in 1957.


The couple lived and worked in Cincinnati O.H., Glens Falls N.Y., Asheboro N.C.,

 Elgin Illinois and eventually moved to Summit N.J., where he worked until his retirement from Bell Labs.


Donald was a devoted husband and father. He shared his love of sailing, restoring

wooden sail boats and sailing them on the Navesink River. A teacher and a life long

learner, there were few problems he could not solve, or thing he could not repair. Thoughtful and generous, he was fond of sharing his limitless trove of stories that he always had at hand.


Preceded in death by his mother and father, Sister Carolyn Simonson, and brother Robert Ady.  Donald is survived by his wife Barbara, daughter Kimberly, and son Scott.


A Memorial service will be held in the spring

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