November 1, 2015

Carolyn ’69 and Thomas Adair ’57

The Texas A&M Foundation honored Carolyn '69 and Thomas '57 Adair with a Bugle Call at the Texas A&M vs. South Carolina football game on October 31.


This week’s Bugle Call salutes an Aggie couple who have singularly made a huge impact on Texas A&M: Dr. Tom and Dr. Carolyn Adair. Both Tom and Carolyn have degrees from A&M and have been honored for their immeasurable service to our school.

Tom has served in many roles in his illustrious A&M professional career, but has valued none more than that as a teacher of physics to Aggie students for 50 years. He has also been a tireless supporter of Aggie sports, serving as the Athletics Faculty Representative through three conferences and 35 years of service.

Contributions to the core values of leadership and selfless service are at the heart of Carolyn’s work as she served as the Texas A&M Director of Student Activities for over two decades. She built student activities to what it is today, as student organizations soared from about 250 to 800 under her leadership.

Her work also involved chaperoning trips to take Aggies to Italy each summer, which led to a post-retirement career importing olive oil to the U.S. Amici Olive Oil, which translated means “friends,” is aptly named as this Aggie power couple have generously given their life’s work to shaping the pathways to success for countless Aggie students.

The Adairs have also committed a multimillion dollar gift to the Texas A&M Foundation, directing a portion to the Department of Physics and the newly established Texas A&M Coaching Academy as well as the Department of Student Activities.

Texas A&M Foundation 
The Texas A&M Foundation is a nonprofit organization that solicits and manages investments in academics and leadership programs to enhance Texas A&M’s capability to be among the best universities. 

You can support the Division of Student Affairs with an online donation. For additional information about how to benefit Student Affairs with an endowment, contact Torii Kapavik ’11 with the Foundation at (800) 392-3310, (979) 862-1247 or