Adams, Tommy Elwyn (T.E.) "Doc" Tommy Elwyn (T.E.) "Doc" Adams was born on March 17, 1933, in Many, Louisiana (Sabine Parish), to Huson and Blanche Adams. He passed away on July 9, 2012, in Garland, Texas, at the age of 79. He was raised in Belmont, Louisiana, 12 miles north of Many, graduating from Belmont High School in a class of six people. As a child, he would rise at 5 a.m. each day to practice the piano for three hours before leaving for school. He graduated from Northwestern State College of Louisiana in Natchitoches. After college, he attended the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. While a student there, he would play the piano in bars and clubs around New Orleans to earn extra money. After graduating from LSU, he moved to Dallas to complete his residency at UT Southwestern Medical School. In 1964, he was hired by Garland Memorial Hospital (now Baylor Medical Center at Garland) to start its pathology lab, serving as Chief of Pathology for 40 years, retiring in 2004. Remembered for his sense of humor, smile and warmth, his great loves were his family, early-morning fishing trips to Lake Texoma, golf at the Dallas Athletic Club, the piano, flying, painting and watching sports, especially LSU football. He was preceded in death by his parents, an older brother who died as an infant, and his stepmother Agnes Adams. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mary Jo Brosset Adams, whom he met while they were classmates; his three children, Patrick and his wife Charlotte, Jeffrey and his wife Cathy, and Caroline and her husband Chris; and grandchildren Jaime Adams, Logan Adams, Trevor West, Brooke Adams, Colter Anderson, Adam Anderson, Blake Adams, Ben Adams, and Catie Adams. A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 13, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Garland, followed by a reception at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church or organization of your choosing.
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Published in Dallas Morning News on July 11, 2012