We were very saddened to hear of the recent death of Brasenose alumnus and sporting legend Lt Colonel Terry Adams (Psychology & Philosophy, 1954) - as his son Tal Adams (Mathematics, 1984) writes in the linked tribute, "...he captained Oxford University Amateur Boxing Club and earned multiple Blues. Considered one of the greatest boxers to ever represent the University, he would later become Honorary Life President of the Club." Our thoughts and condolences are with Tal and all of Terry's family.
Tal posted the following tribute (original post on Facebook here):
My dad passed away peacefully at home last Sunday with me and my sister Fabienne
at his side. It’s hard to do justice to him in a post like this but I’ll give it a go.
He was a man of honour, strength, determination, humility, patience, love and fidelity.
He was born in Mumbai and came to England aged 11. A remarkable all-round sportsman at school (Dulwich College) and University (Brasenose College, Oxford) his greatest achievements were in boxing where he captained Oxford University Amateur Boxing Club
and earned multiple Blues. Considered one of the greatest boxers to ever represent the University, he would later become Honorary Life President of the Club. Attending events as often as possible right to the end, he would happily share advice and provide encouragement to all. The kindness and admiration the club showed him was beautiful to behold and as a family we are deeply grateful to them.
It was at Oxford that he met and married a young French woman. With my mum he formed one of the most wonderful couples anyone could ever meet. The hardest thing by far in his life has been to be without her for the last six years. If spirits do reunite then there is huge comfort in knowing that they are together again, probably spinning and dancing in perfect synchronicity and laughing in unbridled happiness. « Oooh Terry! »
He had a distinguished Army career in the Royal Army Education Corps that took him (and us) around the world. Reaching the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, he maintained his army connections past retirement, notably training the Army boxing team at Sandhurst.
Fabienne, Anna-Bianca and I will miss him terribly, as will our French family and family and friends all around the world.
A wonderful and inspirational dad, a true gentleman and un homme formidable.