ASU mourns passing of longtime supporter Boe Adams

JONESBORO (10/29/10) – The Arkansas State University family mourned the loss of one on its longtime supporters and ambassadors with the passing Wednesday, Oct. 27 of Charles Dean "Boe" Adams.

Mr. Adams was a resident of Leachville, Ark. and was 76 years of age.  Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 30 at 10:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Leachville.

Mr. Adams' lasting commitment to Red Wolves' Athletics can be seen inside the football complex's weight room, where the words "Boe and Myrna Adams Strength and Conditioning Center" adorn the wall.  Well known for his community support, Mr. Adams ushered in a new era of giving to the ASU Athletic Department.

ASU's athletic department moved a huge step closer to achieving its goal of a new Performance Enhancement Complex when a gift of $250,000 was made to the program by Mr. and Mrs. Adams in March of 2004.  The donation was the largest in the athletic department's history at the time, and it still matches the second largest ever.

"Arkansas State University and the athletic department lost a great supporter enthusiastic not only about athletics, but also about the entire university," said ASU Director of Major Gifts Bill Templeton.  "Boe was a fierce competitor and a good friend, and he will really be missed."

Due to the Adams' generous donation, state-of-the-art renovations were made to ASU's 7,000 sq. ft. strength and conditioning facility, which continues to provide adequate space and the most modern and scientifically-proven workout equipment for student-athletes.  The Boe and Myrna Adams Strength and Conditioning Center has also been instrumental in recruiting student-athletes who seek top-of-the-line athletic resources.

"Boe Adams set a new standard for our athletic department with his support and commitment," said ASU Director of Athletics Dr. Dean Lee.  "He has left a tremendous legacy and impact on our our program for a long time.  The athletic department has lost a dear friend."

Mr. Adams was a 1954 graduate of Leachville High School.  He received a bachelor of science degree in 1958 from Arkansas Polytechnic College, where he was an All-AIC basketball player for the Wonder Boys while leading the team to its first ever playoff appearance.