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Kelly R. McADAMS


1929 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Kelly R. McADAMS Obituary
MCADAMS, Kelly R.

Kelly R. McAdams passed away February 3, 2014 in his sleep.

He was born February 28, 1929 in Huntsville, Texas to Kelly Edgar and Ina May Ogletree McAdams, and lived in Huntsville and Caldwell until his family moved to Austin in 1936. He attended Wooldridge Elementary and University Junior High and graduated from Austin High School in 1946, and from the School of Architecture of The University of Texas at Austin in 1951. While still a student, he passed the state architectural registration examination and became a registered architect at 21 years of age. After graduation, he worked in Austin as an associate architect with R. Gommel Roessner, FAIA, and as a partner with his wife Nancy R. McAdams, AIA, designing mid-century modern residences in Balcones Park and Rosedale. As a staff architect with the firm of Page Southerland Page, he prepared the construction drawings of many Austin landmark buildings, including the Bergstrom AFB headquarters building (now the Airport Hilton Hotel) and the Headliners Club in the Westgate Tower.

In 1968 he began work toward a master's degree in architecture and developed innovative computer methodologies for technical drawings and solar energy calculations. He joined the faculty of the School of Architecture in 1970 and taught construction drawings and computer graphics until his retirement from the University in 1988. For several years he served as Assistant to the Dean of Architecture with responsibility for advising students seeking admission to the School.

Kelly enlisted in the Texas Army National Guard, 36th Infantry Division in June, 1948 as a Private. He served in the 111th Medical Battalion and Headquarters Company of the 36th Division. After its deactivation he was assigned to Headquarters of the Texas Army National Guard, and later transferred to the Army Reserves. He retired from the military as a Colonel in 1986. Kelly continued his interest in the Texas National Guard through his involvement with the Texas Military Forces Museum at Camp Mabry, which he served as a docent, as a member of the Board of Directors, and as the Museum's third president. He was also a founding supporter of the Thomas S. Bishop Chapel at Camp Mabry.

Kelly's other interests were many: he was a licensed pilot; a rebuilder of classic British motorcars; a performer with the Judy Lee Dancers, a senior tapdance troupe; and the managing partner of family-owned timberlands in California and East Texas. He served on the Travis County Appraisal District appraisal review board. He and Nancy took dancing classes every Monday evening for 12 years, at the Bob Wilson Dance Studio, together becoming exhibition level dancers.

Kelly lived at Westminster in his last years, where many people made his life productive and comforting: Mattie Fletcher, Betsy Scarth, Gracie Ocampo and Paola Perez, Maria Soto, Oliver Gore, Keith Fields, Jim Copeland, Lewis Perkins, Shirley Sharp, and the rest of the dining room staff, Kathy Cody, Jan Carter, Amanda Scott, Cynthia McCullough, David Burns, Diane McCullough MSW, and Ruth Sunil. Many thanks to Kelly's diabetes managers: nurses Beth Pike and Steven Guidry. Special thanks to longtime confidant and friend Judy Wattis, who motivated him to exercise and play bingo, dominoes, do laughter yoga, Cane Fu, swim, paint/draw, visit the Museum, and keep positive.

Kelly is survived by his daughter Claire McAdams, her husband Ben Luckens, and their son Ethan Luckens; his sister Martha McAdams Vertrees of Austin; his sister Billye McAdams Muecke and brother-in-law Herbert O. Muecke of Huntsville, as well as nieces and nephews and their children.

The memorial service will be held at 10:00 AM on February 10, 2014 at the Thomas S. Bishop Memorial Chapel at Camp Mabry (enter at the 35th Street entrance and bring ID), with a reception/informal lunch following at the adjacent Museum. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Texas Military Forces Museum, P.O. Box 5218, Austin, TX 78763-5218.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Feb. 8 to Feb. 10, 2014
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