Lona Joan Adrian
Lona Joan Adrian
  • March 8, 1919 - November 28, 2016
  • Annapolis, Maryland

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Joan Smith Adrian

March 8, 1919 - November 28, 2016

The children of Joan Adrian have chosen to use the words their father, Captain Robert Nelson Adrian, Sr., (1919 – 2011/USNA ‘43) wrote in 2000 to honor his beloved wife:

“In reminiscing back through the years and chronicling our lives together, I was extremely fortunate to have Joan as a partner for she was totally dedicated to our family. In addition to the support that she provided me in my Naval and banking careers, Joan had two of our four children while I was away on extended sea-duty assignments and expertly managed the affairs of our family with complete love and dedication.

Joan, originally from Vale, Oregon, was the daughter of two pioneer families who traveled West on the Oregon Trail. We grew up together in Ontario, Oregon, attending the same small elementary and high schools. We were good friends, competed for class officer positions (she always won), and worked weekends together at the local theater where I collected tickets and she was an usher. Joan always looked very pretty in her silk outfit that she and her mother made. When I left for the Naval Academy, Joan went to Portland for business school. During the summer of 1941, when I was home on leave, I visited the bank where Joan worked. Within the first moments of seeing her again, I knew I was in love and the romance began, culminating in our wartime wedding on November 3, 1942.

In 1968, Joan decided to begin a Real Estate career (which continued until 2013). She was one of the founding partners of Annapolis Properties, Inc. which later merged with O’Conner, Piper and Flynn. Joan’s aptitude for business combined with her true passion for helping others led to her being recognized as one of the leading real estate sales agents/brokers in Maryland for much of her career. She loved her clients as if they were family members, often foregoing commissions or bringing out her own checkbook to help them cover unexpected costs.

I can think of no finer woman than my wife Joan, and she deserves all of the credit for our wonderful family. Joan’s love, wisdom, kindness, strength, humor, optimism, and her ability to always see the bright side of any challenge was and will always be the heart and soul of our family. I extend my love and devotion to her today and always.”

Joan and her family lived in many cities in the United States during Captain Adrian’s 30 year Navy career, but Annapolis was always their heart and home. She is survived by her four children, Judith Decker (Arthur) of McLean; Robert N. Adrian II (Corinne) of Memphis, TN; James Adrian (Harriet) of Nashville, TN and Joan Adrian Morgan (Bill Krafft) of Annapolis. She is also survived by 8 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

A family memorial service is planned for the spring with inurnment at the Naval Academy Columbarium. In lieu of flowers, donations to AnnapolisWellnessHouse.Org are appreciated. Also, please consider the following charity, Chesapeake Bay Foundation: www.cbf.org .