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In Memoriam

It is with sadness that we recognize the passing of the following members of the Fayette County Bar.


Fred C. Adams Sr., 95, of Uniontown, passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2020.  He was born in Phillipi, West Virginia.  Fred grew up in the Brownsville area and was a graduate of Redstone High School, Class of 1942.  He served with the United States Navy during World War II.  Judge Adams graduated from California State Teachers College with a Bachelor's in Education and Duquesne University Law School.

Fred Adams was a practicing attorney in Uniontown from 1957 through 2019, which included being a partner in the firm of Coldren Adams and, most recently, in partnership with his grandson, Jason Adams, at Adams & Adams.

Judge Adams served on the bench in the Court of Common Pleas of Fayette County from 1975 through 1986.  He is remembered by his colleagues as being a remarkable man “of deep integrity, who was kind, polite and studious but who always commanded respect,” as well as for his dedication to his family and the law.

Judge Adams is survived by his wife, Catherine, son Fred C. Adams Jr., his grandchildren, Jason Adams, Joel Adams and Melanie Leaseburg, and eight great-grandchildren.

The Fayette County Bar Association will hold a memorial service before the Court for Judge Fred C. Adams, Sr. at the Fayette County Courthouse in Courtroom No. 1 on Thursday, September 3, 2020, at noon.

Herbert Margolis, 92, formerly of Uniontown, passed away on Friday, May 22, 2020, in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Herb grew up in Masontown, and graduated from Masontown High School, Class of 1945.  He was a World War II veteran having served in the United States Navy.  He received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Pittsburgh.  

Mr. Margolis practiced law in Fayette County for more than 60 years, most recently with the firm of Margolis, George & Port.  Throughout his years of practice, he was a solicitor for various authorities, municipalities and school districts, including the Uniontown Area School District and Fayette County Redevelopment Authority.  Herb was respected by his peers as being “knowledgeable, hardworking and highly ethical.”

He was an avid Pitt fan and enjoyed golfing with friends.  Herb’s highest priority was his love for his family and the pride he had for his children and grandchildren.  Herb is survived by his wife of 67 years, Barbara; sons Jim, Gary and Tom and daughter, Sara, and six grandchildren.

Fayette County Bar Association

Fayette Legal Journal

45 East Main Street, Suite 100
Uniontown, PA 15401
Phone: (724) 437-7994
Fax: (724) 437-7995
Garnet Gordon, Executive Director:

Cindy McClain, Secretary:


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