Adair was born in Montreal on Nov. 4, 1942 and graduated from McGill with a BA in 1965, after competing for five seasons in squash and track & field.
He won two Molson trophies as intercollegiate squash champion (1961-62, 1964-65), led McGill to a pair of OUA team championships (1961-63) and captured the Forbes trophy as McGill male athlete of the year in 1964-65.
A Quebec provincial squash champion, he also won three Canadian junior titles (1960, 1961, 1962), plus the 1964 U.S. Invitational intercollegiate championship, held in New York.
Adair captained Team Canada and was the country’s No. 1 seed at the 1971 world squash championships in New Zealand and the 1975 world championships in Great Britain.
Only the second Canadian ever to win the U.S.A. singles crown (1968, 1971), he captured numerous other national titles, including the U.S.A. doubles (1974), Canadian doubles (1968, 1971, 1972) and Canadian singles (1969, 1971).
He won the Canadian Squash Racquets Association’s Distinguished Service Award and was a three-time winner of the elite Gold Racquets tournament.
UNIVERSITY SPORTS INVOLVEMENT & AWARDS:
- competed in squash for five seasons at McGill (1960 to 1965); also some years on track team
- led McGill squash team to the 1961-62 OUA championship
- led McGill squash team to the 1962-63 OUA championship (he went undefeated)
- won Molson Trophy as OUAA individual squash champion in 1961-62
- won Molson Trophy as OUAA individual squash champion in 1964-65, defeating Toronto’s top seed 3-0 at the championship tourney, Feb. 12, 1965 (it was McGill’s only win in 5 matches)
- won Forbes Trophy as McGill male athlete of the year in 1964-65
- won 1964 U.S. Invitational intercollegiate championship in New York, defeating the top seeds in matches vs. Harvard and Dartmouth
RELATED RELEVANT ACHIEVEMENTS OUTSIDE McGILL ATHLETIC CAREER:
- captained Team Canada and was their No.1 seed at the 1971 world squash championships in New Zealand and at the 1975 world championships in Great Britain
- won Canadian Squash Raquets Association Distinguished Service Award for his playing career
- a three-time winner of the Gold Racquets Award
- won numerous national championships, including one U.S. doubles title, (1974), two U.S. singles titles (1968, 1971), three Canadian doubles titles (1968, 1971, 1972), two Canadian singles titles (1969, 1971) and three Canadian junior titles (1960, 1961, 1962)
- a past president of the MAAA, he also served on the board of directors of a number of Canadian companies and charitable organizations
Information retrieved from the McGill University Hall of Fame