Fred Adams dies at 88; ‘colorful’ thrower at Texas masters meets

Fred in Texas red.

Fred in Texas red.

Seth Brower informs us of the passing of Fred Adams, “a colorful participant at many of the local meets over the years.” Seth posted an obituary on his website. It notes that Fred was a founding member of Waterloo Track and Field Club who won a “Special Award and Recognition” from the club in 2008. He ran a 6:09 mile at age 55 and achieved All-American status in the hammer and weight throws later in life. According to, Fred last competed in June 2013. He was a proud member of Texas Exes (University of Texas alumni). The obituary also says: “A nontraditional Celebration of the life of Frederick Ward Adams Jr. will be held Saturday June 7, 2014, at 3:00 PM at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 North Lamar Blvd, Austin TX, 78705. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Fred’s name may be sent to: Waterloo Track and Field Club, c/o Marion Coffee, 4112 Burnet Rd, Austin TX 78756.” Our condolences to his family.
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May 30, 2014

3 Responses

  1. Rick Easley - May 30, 2014

    We are all saddened by the passing of Fred. My prayers are with his family.
    Just a short note: Texas is burnt orange and I am sure that Fred would point that out.

  2. Ken Stone - May 30, 2014

    I knew it’s burnt orange. But red rhymed with Fred. Sorry.

  3. John Stilbert - May 31, 2014

    What a great guy Fred was! That smile you see in the photo was the norm for him, and I will miss him. And much love to his son for helping Fred attend meets long after he was able to provide for his own transportation. BTW – Fred was the only thrower I ever saw who would compete in bare feet!

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