Penny and Ernest Adams celebrate 50 years together

Penelope and Ernest from 50 years ago.

My husband, Ernest Glen Adams, and I were married in a candlelight ceremony in the Chapel at the University of Maryland, College Park Campus, at 8:00 p.m. on February 24, 1968, followed by a reception at the home of my parents, Mr. and Mrs. Philip Martin, Jr., in Manor Country Club, Rockville, Maryland. We honeymooned in Williamsburg, Virginia.

I graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.A. in Mass Communications in June, 1962, and received a M.S. in Mass Communications and International Science from The American University, Washington, D.C. in 1969. I am a seventh generation Washingtonian, and was born at the old Doctors’ Hospital in Washington, D.C. on December 16, 1940.

I retired from the U.S. Government after 30 years of service on December 31, 1999. I retired from the U.S. DOE (Department of Energy), Washington, D.C., as Director of the Press Office, after also serving there as Deputy Press Secretary. Prior to working there, I had been Mrs. Pat Nixon’s Radio and Television Coordinator on her press staff and then her Deputy Press Secretary in The White House.

I had also served as a press officer with the U.S. AEC (Atomic Energy Commission) and the U.S. ERDA (Energy Research and Development Administration), as well as the Films Officer at the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development), Washington Office. For several years, during school and after graduation,

I worked for my father’s documentary motion picture company, Norwood Studios, Inc. in Washington.

My husband was born at home in Marysville, Ohio on July 10, 1938. He grew up in Marion, Ohio, graduating from Harding High School there and then graduating from Kent State University, Kent, Ohio with a B.S. in Education and then going to Howard University in Washington, D.C. and graduating with a M.S. in Education. We met in Montgomery County, Maryland where Ernie taught AP history, social studies and law, among other subjects at Sherwood High School in Sandy Spring, Maryland and at Gaithersburg High School in Gaithersburg, Maryland for 37 years. He also worked at the headquarters of MCPS (Montgomery County Public Schools) developing social studies curriculum for the entire school system. He took a sabbatical for one year from MCPS to work on business, local and state relations for St. Charles, the new community being developed south of Washington, D.C.

After 41 years of living in our home in Gaithersburg, Maryland, we moved to Milford-Miami Township almost four years ago to be close to our children and grandchildren.

They hosted a 50th Wedding Anniversary dinner for us on Saturday, February 24 (our actual anniversary) at the Heritage Tastings at the Cottage in Mariemont and then a 50th Wedding Anniversary party for us on Sunday, March 4. 2018 at the Eastside Christian Church in Miami Township. Some guests came from as far away as Delaware, Maryland and Virginia, as well as Indiana and Cleveland, Ohio.

We also celebrated our anniversary with a two week trip to one of our favorite places, Kauai, Hawaii, in September!

From the couple’s recent two-week trip in Kauai.


Penelope Ann Martin Adams (“Penny”)