Charles Francis Adams Dead at 88
DOVER, Mass. (AP) _ Charles Francis Adams, retired chairman of the Raytheon Co. and a descendant of Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams, has died at 88.
Adams, who died Tuesday, was the great-great-great grandson of President John Adams, the great-great grandson of President John Quincy Adams and the son of Charles Francis Adams, who served as secretary of the Navy.
He was president of Raytheon from 1948 to 1964, during the time the defense and commercial electronics company became the largest industrial employer in Massachusetts and the 82nd largest corporation in the country. He was chairman of the company board of directors until 1975, when he reached the mandatory retirement age of 65.
Adams ``infused Raytheon with his very heart and soul,″ and was a remarkable human being, said Dennis J. Picard, current chairman of Raytheon’s board.
He was a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Among his other honors was an award for making Raytheon a leader in hiring the physically handicapped during his tenure.
During World War II, Adams commanded destroyer escorts in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, participating in the invasions of Luzon and Iwo Jima.
Adams is survived by his wife; two daughters; a son; a stepson; nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.