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Thomas Tilley Adams, American lawyer. Bar: United States Court 2nd District Court of Appea circuit) 1962, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1962, Connecticut 1964. Recipient Silver Beaver award Boy Scouts American, 1980, Distinguished Alumnus award Cornell Law School, 1990.


Adams, Thomas Tilley was born on October 9, 1929 in Orchard Park, New York, United States. Son of Floyd Tilley and Clara Elizabeth (Potter) Adams.


University of Buffalo (Bachelor of Arts, 1951). Cornell University (Juris Doctor, 1957).


Worked at Gregory and Adams, P.C. (Wilton, Connecticut. Also N.Y., NY) specializing in Trusts and Estates, Probate, Real Estate, Zoning, Planning, Land Use. Admitted to the bar, 1957, New York.

1962, United States. Supreme Court and United States. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit. 1964, Connecticut.

Phi Delta Phi.

Contributor, Cornell Law Quarterly, 1956-1957. Visiting Lecturer, Cornell Law School, 1962-1965. Author: Articles, AAA Journal, 1972.

Adjunct Associate Professor of Law, Fordham University, School of Law, 1973-1976. Town Attorney, Wilton, 1966-1971. Distinguished Alumnus Award, Cornell Law School, 1990.

Director, American Judicature Society, 1991-1992. Advisor, The Dana Fund for International and Comparative Legal Studies, 1976-1987. Member Emeritus, Advisory Council of Cornell Law School, 1989—.

Trustee-President, The Five Town Foundation, Inc., 1981-1986, 1989-1990. Member, Advisory Board, Norwalk Savings Society, 1994—. Associate Director, Union Trust Company, 1986-1994.

Member: Stamford/Norwalk Regional Bar (Director). The Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Norwalk-Wilton (President, 1989-1990), Connecticut (Member: Council of Bar Presidents, 1989-1990.

Ethics Committee, 1970-1975), New York State and American Bar Associations. Military: Captain, USAF, active duty, 1951-1953.


Town attorney Town of Wilton, 1966-1971. President Five Town Foundation, Norwalk, Connecticut, 1983-1985, trustee, 1989-1991. Chairman building committee Wilton High School, 1966.

Board directors Woodcock Nature Center, Wilton-Ridgefield, Connecticut, 1997-1999, trustee Norwalk Hospital, 1974, Wilton Library Association, Inc., 2000-2001, Elizabeth Raymond Ambler Trust, since 2004, S.T. Shoff Charitable Trust, since 2004. Member American Bar Association, American Judicature Society (director 1991-1992), Norwalk-Wilton Bar Association (president 1990), Stamford-Norwalk Regional Bar Association (board directors 1991-1993), Connecticut Bar Association (ethics committee 1970-1975, 92-93, member council bar president's 1988-1990), Silver Spring Country Club (governor 1998-2004, assistant secretary 2003-2004), Apperson Society Lake George Land Conservancy, Cornell Club (New York ), Phi Delta Phi.


Married Virginia Rives Smith, September 1, 1956. Children: Julia, Janet, Claire, Douglas.