Kenneth D. Adams was born in Montreal on October 10, 1923 and died on July 30, 2003. He attended Sir George Williams College in the 1940s and obtained a bachelor of science degree in 1947. In 1944, with help of other students, he created the Music Society and was its first president. He was also elected chairman of the Student Undergraduate Society 1946-1947. This society organised social activities during the school year.
After obtaining a licence in music from McGill University, in 1950 Ken Adams joined Sir George Williams University as a music teacher. He also worked part-time in the bookstore, the accounts office, and the office of Convocation and Examinations.
In 1965 he was named assistant registrar, joining the University administrative staff full-time. In 1968 he was named associate registrar and the following year he was promoted to registrar. After the 1974 merger of Sir George Williams University and Loyola College to form Concordia University, he became registrar of Concordia University. He retired in 1988 after working for 19 years as registrar, the longest term in Quebec for that position.
Ken Adams continued to teach the music course Understanding Music as long as he worked as university administrator and after retiring.