Some of you “pups” may not remember Joe, but for those who do…

091408 OBITUARIES 2 Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
Dr. Joe A. Adamcik died Aug. 20, 2008, at the age of 78 years. He was a retired Associate Professor of Chemistry and Bio-Chemistry at Texas Tech University.
Dr. Joe A. Adamcik

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
Sunday, September 14, 2008
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Dr. Joe A. Adamcik died Aug. 20, 2008, at the age of 78 years. He was a retired Associate Professor of Chemistry and Bio-Chemistry at Texas Tech University. He was predeceased by his parents, Joe and Pearlie Mae Adamcik, and was raised in Austin. While in high school he was awarded a full four-year scholarship, which was front page news in Austin in the 40’s. He chose the University of Texas in Austin, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Between these accomplishments, he proudly served his country as a Lt.j.g. in the United States Navy. He then earned his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, and began teaching at Texas Tech in 1957. During this time, he was honored to serve on the Board of Directors of the American Chemical Society.

He was also dedicated to helping his students in their pursuit of health professions. After holding this position for over 30 years, and thoughtfully considering his future, he decided on early retirement and entered the Texas Tech School of Law, earning his Law Degree in 1991. He became a practicing attorney, but even then was asked to teach a few classes in the Texas Tech School of Law. Sadly, due to failing health, he was forced to retire from his practice, but did serve as a Resolution Counsel when needed.

Dr. “A”, as he was lovingly known by his students, had many interests, one was astronomy. He built two telescopes of his own, and he had just purchased a large telescope to further his studies of the heavens. He still read the classics, studied the Bible, and was an avid follower of recent politics.

One of his greatest joys in his life was of knowing of the continuing love and admiration shown to him by many of his ex-students. In particular, Dr. Twila Lovett and husband Todd of Waco, with special mention of their son, Ian; and Dr. Katherine Timmins-Vollmers and her family of Houston. Special thanks to neighbors Ben Rivera and Lillian Koontz for their friendship and compassion, especially during Dr. Adamcik’s last illness.

Dr. Adamcik is survived by his sister, Jeanette Shelton and husband Emmett of Jemez Springs, N.M.; and by nephews, Ron and wife Laurel, Barry and wife B.J., and Rick and wife Bobbie, all of Albuquerque; and by a niece, Cyndie Shelton of Austin.

Burial has taken place in the Santa Fe National Cemetery in New Mexico as he had wished, with full military honors.

In remembrance of his life, it would be his wish that his friends would be a mentor for a child, encourage a student to press on, to never stop learning, to read a good book, and to look to the heavens for a meteor shower!

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