Harry E. McAdams
Harry E. McAdams, 87, of Lampasas died of cancer on May 27, 2018, at his residence.
Funeral services will be held today at 10 a.m. at Sneed Funeral Chapel, located at Third and Chestnut Street in Lampasas.
He was born on Nov. 25, 1930, in Little Rock, Arkansas, to Maude (Lax) and Curtis Kendoll McAdams.
McAdams grew up in East Austin, the son of a Christian mission preacher who painted houses to make ends meet. He started work at the Texas Capitol as a page when he was 14, and was working at the Capitol as an advisor until just before he died.
As a young man, McAdams moved to the Washington, D.C. area, to work in staff positions at the U.S. Congress. In Washington he met and married Anna Dora Fogle, and the couple were married for 51 years, until she died of cancer in 2006.
He graduated from American University in Washington, D.C., with a bachelor’s degree in public administration, but according to the family, he viewed work and life challenges as continuing education.
McAdams enlisted as a sailor in the U.S. Navy, and while working for Congress received a direct commission as a major from the Secretary of the Air Force. He served for 15 years in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.
The family says McAdams was a longtime close friend and advisor to former Texas Governor Dolph Briscoe, who appointed him as director of Texas state/federal relations after his early retirement after 26 years on Capitol Hill.
While in Washington, McAdams also operated side businesses including a car wash near Washington Reagan National Airport. He had a lifelong fascination with cars, and for a time imported and sold luxury European automobiles. Until the end of his life he loved locating and negotiating the purchase of the perfect vehicles for friends and family.
McAdams returned to Texas in the late 1980s, and he and his wife built their dream ranch home on land purchased several years earlier in Lampasas County, on the edge of the Texas Hill Country.
After returning to Texas, he operated Business Government Associates and was a Principal Emeritus of the Texas Star Alliance. He was an advisor to corporations and individuals, and continued to represent Briscoe family interests until his death. He placed a high value on community and civility in his life and career, and was regarded as a mentor and friend to people of all walks of life.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and brother, Leo McAdams.
He is survived by three children, Michael McAdams and spouse, Beth Viola, of Arlington, Virginia, Curtis McAdams and spouse, David Miller, of Austin and Lisa McAdams-Collins and spouse, Michael, of Alexandria, Virginia; friend, Mariann Smart of Lampasas; and brother, Billy Hobbs, of Austin.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the University Transplant Center, www.uthscsa.edu/patient-care/cancer-center/clinics/liver-cancer-and-pancreas-cancer, or the Mays Cancer Center, www.uthscsa.edu/patient-care/cancer-center, both at the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio.