A memorial service for Oakland Boyce Adams, III, 42 years old, was held at the historic Mt. Olive Baptist Church in New Iberia, LA, on November 6.
The son of Reverend Betty Livingston Adams, Ph.D. of Summit, and O. B. Adams, Jr. of Slidell, LA, Boyce spent his formative years in Summit. A 1990 graduate of The Pingry School, Boyce was a true scholar-athlete, lettering in track, serving as captain of the track team, singing with the Pingry Buttondowns, and being named both a National Merit Commended and AP Scholar.
Boyce earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honors from Williams College, Williamstown, MA, and a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA. While at Harvard Law School, Boyce was associate editor of the Journal of Law and Technology and editor of the Black Law Students’ Association Newsletter. At Williams he was a member of the Class of 1960 Scholars in History and completed his honors thesis on the impact of antebellum legal and social conditions on the post-bellum political activity of New Orleans’ freeborn people of color.
A trained musician, Boyce was a member and director of the Williams Octet, an all-male a cappella singing group, and received the Lester F. Martin Scholarship Award in Music. He also sang with the Scales of Justice while serving as the ensemble’s publicity director at Harvard Law School.
Boyce began his legal career as a junior associate with a prestigious New York law firm concentrating in general corporate and securities law. Upon relocating to the New Orleans area, the Harvard trained lawyer was the director of legal research and compliance management at an esteemed law firm specializing in commercial litigation.
Prior to entering Harvard, he served as a Congressional intern in Washington, DC, and as a legal intern with the Appeals Bureau of the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. Later, he also served as President of the Board of Directors of The Williams Settlement, Inc., a non-profit corporation in West Monroe, LA.
Among his numerous accomplishments and contributions, Boyce considered his greatest to be his relationship with God and his community of faith. He was a member of Fountain Baptist Church in Summit where he served as a Junior Trustee. His warm smile and generous spirit created a lasting fellowship with the church congregation, its leadership and pastor, Reverend Dr. J. Michael Sanders.
Boyce considered becoming a husband and father his crowning achievement. Upon relocating to New Orleans, he fell in love with and married Dawn Adams. The two created a joyful and loving home for their daughters, Tirzah Pranam Howard and Bethlehem Livingston Adams.
Besides Dawn, Tirzah and Bethlehem, he leaves to mourn his untimely death his mother, father, and maternal and paternal grandmothers, Mrs. Alice Simon Livingston of New Iberia, LA, and Mrs. Mary Meadors Adams of West Monroe, LA, and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Mr. Adams was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandfathers, Reverend Theodore Livingston, Sr., and Oakland B. Adams, Sr.