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William L. "Bill" Adams

ADAMS, WILLIAM L. "BILL", William L. "Bill" Adams, 77, loving husband, father, retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Union Pacific Resources, passed away at home Monday, Feb. 12, 2007, following a chronic illness. Funeral: 11 a.m. Saturday at Ridglea Presbyterian Church. Private entombment at Greenwood Mausoleum. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Greenwood Funeral Home. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations in his honor may be made to the Longhorn Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Box 54190, Hurst, Texas 76054-0190 or Texas Christian University, Energy Institute, Box 297044, Fort Worth, Texas 76129. Mr. Adams, a member of numerous professional organizations and boards, was the retired Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Union Pacific Resources (UPRC). Mr. Adams met and married Betty Ann Froehlich in Los Angeles, California, where he completed a Masters degree in Geology at UCLA. He joined Stanolind Oil Company (later Amoco Production Company) as a Staff Geologist. He rose to the position of Vice President and Regional Manager at Amoco New Orleans, leaving in 1981 to join Champlin Petroleum in Fort Worth, Texas as EVP and then in 1982 became President. In 1986 Mr. Adams was named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Champlin (later UPRC), where he remained until his retirement in 1993. He was a Director and member of the Executive Committee of the American Petroleum Institute and a director of the National Petroleum Council and numerous other energy industry organizations. He served as an active member of the TCU Board of Trustees until 2006 when he was named an Emeritus Trustee. The William L. Adams writing center at TCU was named in his honor. In 1990, Bill was honored as the Fort Worth Business Man of the Year. Mostly recently, he was honored as a Legend of the Industry by the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers. Bill was a member of the National Executive Board and Executive Committee of the Boy Scouts of America for many years and served as Vice President Program. He was instrumental in the development of the National Sea Base program in the Florida Keys, where the conference center was named in his honor. The Boy Scouts of America awarded him the Silver Buffalo Award in 1992, which is the highest honor given to a volunteer by BSA, for his extensive service to the organization. He was preceded in death by his brother Paul, brother in law Vaughn and granddaughter Julia. ' Survivors: He leaves his wife, Betty Ann Froehlich Adams; sons Glenn and wife Melinda, Craig and wife Patty, Drew and wife Corinne and Kenneth and wife Cristina; grandchildren Will, Greg, Lauren, Andrew, Anna, Douglas, Connor, Jacqueline, Nicholas, Carissa, Katrina, Derrick, Alexander, Angelica, brothers and sisters Bernice, Ralph and wife Neva, Leora and husband Don, sister in law Maurine, Roger and wife Lorraine, Dwight and wife Marilyn, and Nolan and wife Joyce. Greenwood Funeral Home 3100 White Settlement Road Fort Worth, Texas 76107 817-336-0584

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Published in Dallas Morning News on Feb. 15, 2007
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