Community gathers for Adamson prayer service

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Dozens file out of the Stauffer Chapel at Pepperdine University on Thursday morning after attending a prayer service in honor of Grant, Terry, Lauren and Megan Adamson. 

Still reeling from the news of Grant Adamson’s death and injuries to his wife and daughters, approximately 150 Malibu and Pepperdine community members gathered at Pepperdine’s Stauffer Chapel on Thursday morning for a prayer service.

In a service led by Al Sturgeon, assistant dean for the Pepperdine School of Law, attendees prayed for the four Adamsons, who each have deep ties to Pepperdine. Grant Adamson was the grandson of Rhoda May Adamson, who in 1968 donated 132 acres of ranch land to Pepperdine University and allowed the school to eventually open its Malibu campus overlooking the Pacific Ocean in 1972. 

“It’s appropriate to gather in this place…the very ground we stand on came as an act of grace from the Adamson family,” Sturgeon said.

Terry Adamson, 55, is a professor at the law school, Lauren Adamson is a MBA candidate at Pepperdine and Megan Adamson is a junior at Pepperdine’s Seaver College.

The group of mourners shed tears, exchanged warm embraces and prayed for the healthy recovery of Terry, Lauren and Megan Adamson.

“Pepperdine and Malibu are communities that support each other…” said Linda Livingstone, dean of the Graziadio School of Business. “Let us…shelter each other as we go through this time together.” 

Terry, Lauren and Megan Adamson remain in Switzerland recovering from serious injuries. Terry Adamson is preparing to undergo back surgery, according to a family member.

Grant Adamson was killed when a hot air balloon the family was riding in crashed to the ground in Switzerland on Tuesday.