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Charles T.   Adams  "C.T."

Obituary for Charles T. Adams "C.T."

July 14, 2018
Spicewood, Texas

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Charles T. Adams, known to friends and family as "C.T.," passed away on July 14, 2018 at the age of 87.

Born in December 1930 in Union County, Arkansas, C.T. was the third of five children of Ambrose and Vera Adams, and the first to attend college. C.T. earned his B.S. in Chemistry from Southern Arkansas University, before serving his country as an U.S. Army infantry lieutenant. After his honorable discharge, C.T. earned his M.S. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Arkansas in 1959, and he remained an avid Razorback throughout his life.

C.T. moved to Houston, Texas, and started his professional career as a research chemist with Shell Oil in 1958. Over the course of a nearly 40-year career, C.T. became a highly respected expert in hydroprocessing catalysis and catalyst development, and an integral member of a number of Shell business initiatives. He developed 33 catalysts that were widely used in Shell's and other oil-company refineries worldwide. His inventiveness and creativity resulted in his being named on 15 U.S. patents (and over 30 in other countries), authoring or co-authoring a dozen open-literature technical publications, and, ultimately, in Shell's highest technical designation, Distinguished Scientist – which, at the time, he noted was "better than being an extinguished scientist." C.T. was also recognized by his peers at Shell as a mentor to numerous junior scientists.

C.T. met his future wife Doris shortly after moving to Houston and, in October 1960, they entered into a marriage lasting 57 years. He was a proud and dedicated father to their two children, Glenn and Karen, engaging in scouting, coaching teams, and helping with science projects, among other activities, all the while showing great patience and a good, sometimes dry sense of humor. C.T. was also a granddad to Glenn's and his wife Eleanor's two children, Claire and Sarah, sharing golf cart rides, confirmations, graduations, phone calls and much love with them.

After his retirement from Shell in 1998, C.T. and Doris moved to Spicewood, Texas, where he enjoyed playing golf – and was every bit as successful in competitive play as he was as a research chemist and father. In a testament to his golfing longevity, in 2015 his fellow golfers at Barton Creek Lakeside recognized him for shooting a 76, 8 shots under his then-age of 84. More important, though, C.T. and Doris very much enjoyed the friendships they developed throughout the 19 years they lived at Barton Creek Lakeside, friendships that have brought much laughter, good conversation, fellowship, travels and joy to their lives, and for which they cannot express enough gratitude.

C.T.'s three sisters – June, Joyce, and Janette – and his brother William preceded him in death. C.T. is survived by his wife Doris, his children and his grandchildren, and far too many other family and friends to list here, who will dearly miss his humble and generous nature, warmth, smile, and humor.

Those who were there with C.T. in his last hours, Doris, her sister Linda, and Karen, would like to recognize and express appreciation for the respectful and professional care given to C.T. by the staff at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Lakeway.

A memorial service and reception will be held on Friday, July 20, 2018 at 1:00 p.m., at Weed-Corley-Fish Lake Travis, 411 Ranch Road 620 South, Lakeway, TX, 78734. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in C.T.'s memory to Covenant House Texas, 1111 Lovett Blvd., Houston, TX, 77006, https://www.covenanthousetx.org/ ; Monastery of the Infant Jesus, 1501 Lotus Lane, Lufkin, TX, 75904, http://www.lufkintxnuns.org/index.php ; or another charity of choice.

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Suggested Memorial Donations

  • In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in C.T.'s memory to Covenant House Texas, 1111 Lovett Blvd., Houston, TX, 77006, https://www.covenanthousetx.org/ ;
  • Monastery of the Infant Jesus, 1501 Lotus Lane, Lufkin, TX, 75904, http://www.lufkintxnuns.org/index.php ; or another charity of choice.

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