Eugene W. Adams, DVM, PhD, Professor Emeritus and former Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
and Author of The Legacy – A History of the Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine
TUSKEGEE, Ala. (February 23, 2016)–The Tuskegee University family, Tuskegee community, as well as the veterinary medical and health related professions, have lost an admired and respected retired professor, accomplished researcher and administrator, and dedicated member of the Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine (TUSVM) family – Professor Emeritus and former Associate Dean Eugene W. Adams, DVM, PhD. Dr. Adams departed this life at his home on February 22, 2016 at the age of 96.
He leaves to cherish his memory his devoted wife of 58 years, Myrtle who is also a dedicated member of the College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health family and former employee of Tuskegee University; three sons – Eugene, Jr., Clyde and Michael. Michael preceded him in death in 2008.
Dr. Adams was truly an admired man for undertaking the monumental task of writing a book on the history Tuskegee’s veterinary school, The Legacy – A History of the Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine (1945-1995). Adams established a $50,000 Endowed Scholarship in his name in December 1995 using the proceeds from the sale of The Legacy to establish the scholarship.
Adams was a long time resident of Tuskegee and had been associated with academic veterinary medicine for over three decades. He retired from Tuskegee University after serving for 38 years. Adams graduated from Kansas State College with doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1944. Adams was truly a legend and considered one of the veterinary school’s early pioneers. He was appointed as department head in 1955 and shortly after his appointment he began graduate work at Cornell University and received both his M.S. and PhD degrees in veterinary pathology. He then returned as head of the Department of Pathology and Parasitology. Adams also served as associate dean for academic affairs in the veterinary school, and finished his career as vice provost and director of international programs for Tuskegee University.
Dr. Adams has been honored locally and nationally. To name a few, he received the Norden Award for Distinguished Teaching and became a Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in 1964 and the first Black American to be inducted. He also received the Tuskegee Institute Faculty Achievement Award, was honored at the American Veterinary Medical Association Annual Convention in 2010 for serving as a presenter at the diversity program, and received an award from the Kansas Veterinary Medical Association at the Tuskegee Veterinary Medical Alumni Association reception in 2010.
“Not only have numerous alumni of TUSVM, including me, benefitted from the leadership and dedication of Dr. Adams, but the veterinary community at large from the historical perspective he allowed all to have in the information so precisely denoted in his book, The Legacy – A History of the Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine (1945-1995),” said Dr. Ruby Perry, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health.
“We are forever grateful to Dr. Adams.”
The memorial service for Dr. Eugene W. Adams is scheduled for March 11, 2016 at 10 a.m., Tuskegee University Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the Eugene W. Adams Endowed Scholarship (Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine).