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Robert S. Adden
  • In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to
  • The Citadel Foundation Class of 1944 Scholarship Fund
    171 Moultrie Street
    Charleston, SC 29409-6230
  • St. John's Lutheran Church
    5 Clifford Street
    Charleston, SC 29401

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“My family sat behind them at home football games the last few years. I was truly honored to sit behind such heroes to our nation, state, and school...Read More »
1 of 27 | Posted by: Chad Millwood - Aiken, SC

“As a current faculty member in the Baker School of Business at The Citadel, I have great memories of Col Adden and his impact on our program. Rest...Read More »
2 of 27 | Posted by: Cynthia E. Bolt

“Robert, I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. He was one of my favorite professors and always encouraged all of us to work diligently towards our...Read More »
3 of 27 | Posted by: Carl June - Pace, FL - classmate

“I just saw in the paper the passing of Mr. Adden. My dad, William( Bill) Hamilton was a classmate of "The class that never was, of 44 and also a...Read More »
4 of 27 | Posted by: Pamela Hamilton Smith - Hollywood

“My heart goes out to Mrs. Adden, Carolyn & Mike, Robert, and Virginia as well as all the family. Sue (Mrs. Adden) was my mother's grad school room...Read More »
5 of 27 | Posted by: Cheryl Browne Smithem - SC

“The Citadel was blessed to have such a wonderful man who had a profound influence on so many. I finally became acquainted with he and Sue at a ...Read More »
6 of 27 | Posted by: Lenny Graves '70

“Carolyn and family: We are so sorry for Colonel Adden's passing. We thank you for including us in your special times with Colonel and Mrs Adden. ...Read More »
7 of 27 | Posted by: Charles and Lorise Vondra - Irmo, SC

“Col. Adden was a friend and hero to me. He hired me right out of graduate school as a member of the Business Department Faculty at The Citadel and I...Read More »
8 of 27 | Posted by: David Bernthal

“A great man. A true gentleman. A wonderful Head of the Business Dept. How fortunate I was to have Col Adden as a professor. RIP, Colonel. ”
9 of 27 | Posted by: Greely R. Palmer He. (Guy); 64

“Some people you never forget.Col. Adden is one of them.From my first class at the Citadel in 1966 to the present, Col. Adden has had an impact on me...Read More »
10 of 27 | Posted by: Ernie seel - charleston, SC

“Robert, I was deeply saddened to hear the news about the passing of your father. He was an icon in so many ways from a war hero to an educator of...Read More »
11 of 27 | Posted by: Mike Wiggins - Charlotte, NC

“Col Bob Adden was my favorite Citadel professor and Sunday school teacher. I know of no one who was a more devout Christian than Bob Adden. His love...Read More »
12 of 27 | Posted by: BG Hugh B. Tant III, USA, (Retired)

“I have so many fond memories of growing up and going to family outings with my family, my Uncle Leon, the Youngs and the Addens. Although I haven't...Read More »
13 of 27 | Posted by: Bobby Masters

“Col. Adden was a great accounting teacher during my years at the Citadel. He was kind and caring to the cadets. His quality as a man is undisputed....Read More »
14 of 27 | Posted by: Roy DeHaven - Charleston, SC

“Dear Mrs. Adden, my heart goes out to you and all of the Adden family. You and Mr. Adden have always been family friends, always. Going back to the...Read More »
15 of 27 | Posted by: Burrow Hill - Charleston, SC

“Carolyn, It's been decades since we've seen each other but I want you to know that I remember your parents fondly and I pray for your peace and...Read More »
16 of 27 | Posted by: Sarah Hathaway Foster - Columbia, SC

“The world has lost one of its brightest lights. He was so much a part of my life from infancy, and it is hard to imagine the world without him. Never...Read More »
17 of 27 | Posted by: Robbie Medbery - Mt Pleasant, SC

“Bob and Sue were devoted Citadel sports fans and my husband, Doug Snyder, and I loved seeing them at Citadel basketball games, having a meal with...Read More »
18 of 27 | Posted by: Julianne Farnsworth - Charleston, SC

“Robert, your Dad was one of the best teachers I ever had....!!!His class...accounting...one of the most useful classes I ever had !!He was ...The...Read More »
19 of 27 | Posted by: James Pickard - Gastonia, NC

“Such a nice guy. ”
20 of 27 | Posted by: Mark Cheslak - Columbia, SC

“Bob. So sorry to hear about your Dad. He was always gracious to all he encountered. I remember going to his office as a Business Major. It was a...Read More »
21 of 27 | Posted by: Tom Horrigan - student

“Bob. My deepest sympathies on the loss of your Father. I have very warm memories of him, especially when we went to your house on campus late one...Read More »
22 of 27 | Posted by: John Leonard - Alexandria, VA

“Mrs. Adden,Robert,Caroline and Virginia and the entire Adden family, Please accept my deepest condolences for your family's loss. My Dad always spoke...Read More »
23 of 27 | Posted by: Eric Feigl - Charleston, SC

“Bob:So sorry to hear of this. You and your Dad were fixtures in my Cadet life. May he forever be a "wall ball" champion in heaven, as he...Read More »
24 of 27 | Posted by: A friend

“Robert and the entire Adden family, your Dad and Mom were like parents to me during our time as cadets - and have remained so all these years. The...Read More »
25 of 27 | Posted by: Billy Wilson - Family Friend

“Bobby, So sorry for your loss. Your Dad was awesome. Prayers to you and he family.Mike ”
26 of 27 | Posted by: Mike Smith - Raleigh, NC

“Bobby -I am so sorry for you loss. Of course, I remember your dad as our department head but also seeing him at various Citadel functions....games,...Read More »
27 of 27 | Posted by: Eric Wooten - Charleston, SC


Robert S. Adden, 98, a long time resident of Charleston, passed away peacefully on March 6, 2021 after a brief hospitalization in Reston, Virginia. Born January 1, 1923 in Orangeburg, South Carolina to the late Mary Elizabeth Heggie Adden and John Augustus Adden. His father died months before he was born and he was raised lovingly, along with his siblings "Toots" and Jack, by his mother during the difficult Depression era.

He attended The Citadel as a member of the Class of 1944, of which the entire class was called to active duty following their Junior Year. He served as a 2nd lieutenant in World War II with the 84th Infantry Division and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Combat V, a Purple Heart and the Combat Infantry Badge. He was severely wounded in combat in November 1944 in Prummern, Germany, attributing his life being saved by God's hand causing his dog tags to deflect a machine gun bullet that was directed towards his heart. He was discharged from the Army in 1946.

He graduated from The Citadel in 1947 as the first honor graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Two days later he began his teaching career at The Citadel, leaving the college only for a short time to earn his Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of Business and his Doctor of Philosophy in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While at Chapel Hill he met the love of his life, Norma Sue Sligh, and they married on December 27, 1953.

He enjoyed teaching accounting and taxation. He served as the Head of the Business Administration Department at The Citadel from 1962-1982, during which time he was instrumental in launching the Master of Business Administration and the evening undergraduate programs at what is now the School of Business Administration. He retired as Professor Emeritus in 1985. The Citadel recognized his service to the school awarding him the coveted Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award in 1984; an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters in 2008; and the School of Business Alumnus of the Year Award in 2011. He and Sue were loyal supporters of Citadel athletics, rarely missing any home football, basketball or baseball game and listening on the radio to many of the away games.

He was a faithful Lutheran who proudly donated to the church. When his older brother Jack (USMC) gave him $100 that he had won playing poker in the South Pacific during WW II, he donated the money to the Orangeburg Lutheran Church. He taught an adult Sunday School Class for more than 50 years at St. John's Lutheran Church, served on its Vestry and was a former President of the Vestry. He was also a lifetime member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board and a member of the Charleston Rotary Club.

Surviving are his wife of 67 years, Norma Sue Sligh Adden; daughter, Carolyn Elizabeth Rose and her husband Col. Michael G. Rose (USA, Ret) of Herndon, VA; son, Robert S. Adden, Jr. and his wife Kimetha Hunt Adden of Charlotte, NC; daughter, Virginia Sue Barrett and her husband Hazle Barrett of Camden, SC; four grandchildren, Robert Anthony Adden, Daniel Spencer Adden (Kayla), Caroline Jordan Christian (Jack) and Thomas Caldwell Jordan; four great-grandchildren, Mary Caroline Christian, Eleanor Christian, John Christian and Frances Christian and many loving nieces and nephews.

J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel is serving the family. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a memorial service will be held at St. John's Lutheran Church at a date to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to The Citadel Foundation Class of 1944 Scholarship Fund, 171 Moultrie St., Charleston, SC 29409 or to St. John's Lutheran Church, 5 Clifford St., Charleston, SC 29401.