Local Athlete and Dana Point High School Grad Dies

Jeffrey Adam, 22, unexpectedly stricken with meningitis, died June 26. A memorial service will be held July 5 at the Dana Point Yacht Club.

Local resident Jeffrey Adam, 22, died June 26 after the onset of a sudden illness that was later diagnosed as meningitis. 

A graduate of , he was well known in sports circles for his achievements as a high-jumper, winning numerous events locally and at the state level. In addition, Adam was an avid sailor and traveled the world with the sailing community in Dana Point. 

Services have been finalized and will be held Tuesday, July 5, at the Dana Point Yacht Club. Beginning at 4:30 p.m., the memorial service will include speakers from Dana Hills High School, the Dana Point sailing community, friends and his sister, Brittany.

Wednesday night at the O.C. Sailing youth docks, there was a scheduled event for Adam, whose boat was also anchored in the basin. Afterward, family and friends gathered for a barbecue and bonfire memorial. 

Friends on Facebook are posting messages of condolence, prayers and thoughts on Adam's page and that of his sister. Community members in Laguna Niguel, J Serra Catholic High School (where Adam's mother works) and neighborhood friends have been providing meals, gifts cards and spiritual  support.

Following the memorial service July 5, the family will fly to the Philadelphia area, where Adam will be laid to rest in the family plot in West Chester, PA.

Addie Carroll June 30, 2011 at 04:03 PM
Jeff was my son Ricky's best friend and he was like a son to our family! We are so saddened and shocked by his passing He will be missed but now there is another angel watching over us!
NMAtweets June 30, 2011 at 05:52 PM
My heart goes out to Jeff's family and friends. I also lost a son to this disease, and I know the heartbreak and grief that is ahead. I didn't know at the time that a safe vaccine could have saved my son's life, because no one told me. It was not listed on his college admission forms. The CDC now recommends routine vaccination starting at age 11-12 with a booster in five years. Adolescents and young adults are at increased risk. Please let's not lose another life to a vaccine-preventable disease. Visit the National Meningitis Association for more information.
Valerie Burchfield Rhodes June 30, 2011 at 06:13 PM
My condolences go out to the family and enormous circle of friends touched by Jeff's well-lived (but too short) life. @NMAtweets, I agree that the CDC recommended vaccination is a good idea but would add it does not provide protection against all strains of this aggressive bacteria. I just add that to the discussion to help alleviate additional pain to those involved yourself included. I am sorry for your loss as well.
Valerie Burchfield Rhodes June 30, 2011 at 11:23 PM
At present it is unknown how Jeff contracted the disease and may never be known. It is apparently something which can remain dormant in one's system without symptoms for quite some time. Here is a link to the CDC site which should provide a great deal of information. My son is also part of the Westwind family and appreciated the support of the campers and their families this week. http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/mening/default.htm
Joy Robinson July 01, 2011 at 06:14 AM
Kerry, shortly after reading your comments I came across an article in the OC Register about Doheny Beach and its bacterial levels. Check it out: http://beach.orangecounty.com/2011/06/30/doheny-is-funky-now-the-nation-knows/37219/
Courtney Fielder July 01, 2011 at 03:02 PM
Our thoughts and prayers go out to this family. What a tragedy.
Valerie Burchfield Rhodes July 01, 2011 at 05:26 PM
According to the Orange County Department of Health, menningococcol disease can not be spread via our polluted beach water. I've heard a few people suggest this could be a factor so I specifically asked. Their response was, "there are a number of things you can get from polluted ocean water but this is not one of them". They strongly suggested the Menactra vaccination as a preventative measure but emphasized it doesn't cover all strains of the mennigococcol bacteria. Hope that helps.
Robbin Holland July 09, 2011 at 05:16 AM
My son Thomas passed away 12/25/2005 at age 19 of this disease. i had no idea there was a vaccine. The vacinne does not cover all strains however we need to educate our parents. I wish I would have read an article about this it could have saved my sons life. My heart is so sad for Jeffs family. I know what you are going through and I can't say anything that can make you feel better except by all acounts I have read,Jeff had a loving caring family and he was blessed.


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