William (Bill) James Adair


Age: 43

Lives: Gettysburg

From: Chambersburg

Educated at: Juniata College and Jefferson Medical College. Residency in Latrobe, Pa.

Family: Wife, Charity; children, Grace, 15, Katelynn, 11, and Luke, 8

Job: Family physician at Gettysburg Family Practice

Job’s reward: I enjoy really taking the time to get to know my patients which allows extra insight into any of the health problems they may have.

Job’s frustration: When any institution gets in the way of taking good care of my patients.

Very first job: I was mover in the summers of my college years.

Favorite food: My mother’s goulash. We aren’t Hungarian but it’s a great recipe.

Pets: Dog, Sophie; two cats, Blaze and Scout

Hero: Any American who is working hard right now when it would be so easy just to throw in the towel. My staff at GFP is a good example.

Hobbies: Basketball, walking and coaching whatever sport my children maybe in at the time.

Pet peeves: Right now, laziness

You collect: Can I say debt?

Best friend: My wife. Also I have a close group of about 5 guys from church that keep each in other in check and pray for each other. I am also very close to some high school best friends.

Would like to have witnessed what event in history: The signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Event that changed your life: Simply, it was a sweet moment as a 5th grader when I accepted Jesus as my Savior. It shaped my world view.

Your scariest moment: See below

Your first memory: Waking up at age 3 and finding my house seemingly empty. My parents were in the hospital and soon my new baby sister would be home. That night, a trusted neighbor was in the basement thankfully.

Trait inherited from parents: Loyalty.

Piece of advice you live by: I know my patients have been looking out for me. They all told me: “Enjoy those kids now, time will go by fast.” I am listening.

Who needs a hug? Everyone

Favorite reading/author: “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand. That’s a story we need right now. Perseverance, Redemption and Forgiveness.

Favorite spot on earth: The beach

Website you visit most: Up to Date (medical)

Would like concert tickets to see: For King and Country

One bad habit: Covid cured me of biting my fingernails!

3 items on your bucket list: Scotland, Japan and New Zealand.

Five Minutes with: Abe Lincoln

What skill or lesson would you like to learn? I wish I had one artistic bone in my body.

What would people find surprising about you? I used to be cross country runner and shooting guard in basketball. That was about 100 pounds ago (somewhat jokingly).

What would make this world a better place? More forgiveness and less canceling.

What is the best piece of news you received lately that you would like to share? I have had a good number of patients recover from covid, some that I thought initially would not.

How would you like to be remembered? As a loving husband and father. A caring physician who tried to do things the right way. And above all else as someone who served the Lord.

Do you know a member of the Adams County community Gettysburg Times readers should learn more about? Email suggestions to ahayes@gettysburgtimes.com.

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