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Adam's Obituary as published in the Albuquerque Journal, March 18, 2014

STERN, ADAM Adam Stern, beloved husband, father, uncle, son, brother, son-in-law and loyal friend, passed away peacefully on March 14th at home with his loving family by his side. Adam was 55 years old. He was born on June 24, 1958 to Charles and Sonia Stern in Flushing, NY. Adam spent his childhood years surrounded by the bustle of his dad's home photography studio, Russian literature so important to his grandparents, his mom's vibrant artwork on the walls, his precious dogs, Beau and Cuddles and dear childhood friends who remained vital throughout his lifetime. Adam attended high school at the Windsor School in Flushing, New York where he was the photo editor for his high school's literary magazine and acted in high school stage productions. Adam earned his BA degree in The Writing Seminars from Johns Hopkins University and an MA in Broadcast Communications from Boston University. He followed with a second Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Antioch University, New England Graduate School. Adam combined his education, wisdom and kind gentle manner to serve others as a counselor. Adam began his career working at Strafford Guidance Center in Dover, New Hampshire, followed by Corporate Health Resources in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 1999, Adam became a founding partner and chief clinical and operating officer of The Solutions Group, a New Mexico based company offering Employee Assistance and Wellness Programs for over 14 years. Adam was highly respected statewide and in the Albuquerque community for his expertise as an EAP counselor and substance abuse professional, including his service on the DWI Planning Council and the Care Fund Committee at Presbyterian Hospital. Adam and his wife, Denise Harmon, were married in 1990 in New Hampshire. Here they began their careers and the summer tradition of boating and playing with family and friends on the beaches of Maine and New Hampshire. In 1994, after extensive worldwide travels, they moved to Albuquerque inspired by New Mexico's diversity and wilderness. They shared a love of adventure, film, music and laughter, creating a nourishing, loving home with their two cherished sons. Adam was a devoted father whose passion for intellect inspired in his children a love of reading and critical thinking about the world. Adam deeply appreciated his sons' musical talents, relentless teasing about the New York Yankees, athletic abilities and generous hearts. Adam was a kind man who brought to all his relationships wit, respect, compassion, astute intelligence and a good dose of humor. He committed to memory almost every poem he ever read, songs he loved to sing and multiple Russian expressions. Adam treasured his family dogs, Lucie, and Emma and cats, Mija and Luna. Fencing, tireless reading, practicing his guitar, listening to jazz, watching the Celtics, Patriots, Yankees and especially Lobos basketball were all integral facets of his life. Adam was preceded in death by his mother and father and is survived by his wife Denise, and their two sons, Noah (17) and Benjamin (14). The memorial service will be March 19, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Unitarian Church, 3701 Carlisle NE, carpooling for services is recommended. For those who wish, in lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to a scholarship fund for Adam's sons: the "Adam Stern Memorial Fund" in care of TD Bank, 184 Route 101 Bedford, NH 03110. Please post your memories, stories and/or donations at