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Lamar University
News Release
Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Deborah Lynn Adams Memorial Scholarship in Women’s Golf established at Lamar University

A new scholarship has been established at the Lamar University Foundation as a memorial to Deborah Lynn Adams, a Lamar University alumna.  The Deborah Lynn Adams Memorial Scholarship in Women’s Golf will provide funding for outstanding members of the women’s golf team.

Adams’ family and friends established the scholarship in her memory with a gift to the Lamar Foundation.

“She was an excellent golfer and a very fun person to be around,” said Pat Parks, Adams’ golf coach and retired assistant professor of kinesiology at Lamar. “She was certainly an above average student, and she loved Lamar. She felt that Lamar and golf gave her an opportunity to expand her horizons, and she loved her classes, loved her teachers – she loved everybody.”

Adams attended Lamar from 1977-79 and played on the women’s golf team. She went on to become a professional golf instructor for several years, until her vocation offered her an opportunity to relocate to California where she began working in an intermediate care facility for those with disabilities. She returned to Texas and established several intermediate care facilities for individuals with mental retardation, and played a vital role in founding numerous Home and Community-Based Service programs.  Adams died in 2011.

“She was always so full of life,” Parks said.  “She was very dedicated to her work here in Texas, and she was great about picking people up and encouraging them.  She loved all sorts of people, and everybody loved her.”

The Texas Senate expressed its condolences to her family in 2011, paying tribute to Adams by creating Senate Resolution No. 63 in her honor.

For information about establishing an endowed scholarship, contact the Lamar University Foundation at (409) 880-2117.

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