Council Member Ketchum Dies Oct. 1
Adrian L. Ketchum of Corning, N.Y., a Racing Research Center Governing Council member from the beginning in the late 1990s, died Oct. 1. His depth of experience with racing was crucial in the development of the Center.
Ade was a member of the Sports Car Club of America for more than 50 years. He held numerous positions in the Glen Region SCCA, including serving as Regional Executive three times, and was honored with multiple awards both by the region and nationally for his involvement.
Ade played an important role, with others in the region, in assisting Corning Inc. in buying the Watkins Glen race track in 1983. As a result, Corning Inc. formed Corning Enterprises which later set up a partnership with the International Speedway Corp. Eventually ISC bought out Corning’s interest.
Ade had a passion for photography and was recognized numerous times for his work. He received the Cover (photograph) of the Year Award for SCCA’s Sports Car magazine in 1973 and 1977. He also received the 1977 SCCA National Public Relations Award. He was chief photographer for Watkins Glen International for many years and was inducted into the Corning-Painted Post Sports Hall of Fame in 1990 for his contributions to motorsports.
The Racing Research Center is honored that Ade selected the Center as a recipient for memorials.
Ade’s full obituary can be read here.