University of Miami - Ibis Yearbook (Coral Gables, FL)

 - Class of 1968

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Dr. Thurston Adams His tireless enthusiam builds spirit " Student morale, esprit de corps, university spirit attitudes that flowfrocn a MUD of satisfying experiences, " these were result;, that Dr. Adams sei out to achieve u Director of Student Activities in 1947. And in three whirlwind years " Doc " hat become campus institution, guiding vastly *wollen student body, disorganized and without bene- fit of tradition, to a remarkable degree of unity. Many works added to the u un of satisfy ing experiences " that brought a first real expression of student spirit this year. And if Doc ' s oftce is the center of these works, his electric personality is their guiding spirit. Tireless, genial, enthusiastic, he has made " see Doc about it " standard but good advice to anybody with a problem. Doc brought an impressive record with him to Miami. Born in 1905 at Pine Apple, a little town in Alabama, he lost no time in amassing a professional and educational record that requires 19 items to cover in brief outline form. He has won three degree*, those of Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Education. He has taught at Vermont, Columbia, Columbia Teachers College, Rollins and an Alabama high school. He has directed physical education activities for such diversified institutions as the Veterans Administration, the Navy, YMCA, High schools, colleges and summer camps for boys. He reached the rank of Ll. Comdr. in hi- Navy Service, and is a mem- ber of Sigma Chi fraternity. Phi Deha Kappa, Kappa Delta Phi, Scab bard and Blade, Kentucky Colonels. Perpetual motion is daily routine for Doc. Besides directing the campus activities of a myriad organisations, be manages the Student Club, oversees the intramural program, serves on a number of faculty committees, and makes an appearance at do ten* of social activities each week. The university has only begun to realize the benefits of his lirelet* efforts. In a new and malleable field. Dr. Adams is a potent force to- ward unity and pride. This edition of the IBIS is dedicated to him and to the student body for which he has done so much. The 1950 IBIS was dedicated to Doc Adams after " three whirl- wind years. " IN REDEDICATION . " A leader is a man of character. What makes a man ' s character what it is? Surely his training from infancy, the environment of his home and his university, the associations of his fellow men and teachers, both parental and professional, contribute to the stature of the man. His ability to make decisions, to separate the right from the wrong, the ethical from the unethical, the honest from the dishonest, the substantive from the frivolous, are the indications of the calibre of his character. His intellectual as well as material honesty, his perseverance in the face of adversity, his tolerance of the rights of others, his respect for the dignity of the infividual, his devotion to his religious and moral code: these and other intangibles are a man ' s character the way he walks in the sight of God and Man. " Thomas R. Spencer, Jr. November 8, 1967 Dr. Thurston Adams, now in his last year as Director of Student Activities, is one of a rare breed of men, one of those few men who can truly be called leaders. In the past twenty-one years, " Doc " has proven his lead- ership more times and in more ways than do most men in an entire lifetime. In all facets of student activities, from student government to intramurals to Iron Arrow and ODK, Dr. Adams ' guidance will be sorely missed. He is a man who has walked with strength.

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