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Dr Dale Talmadge Adams

October 30, 1937 ~ January 3, 2022 (age 84)



[A person smiling for the camera Description automatically generated with medium confidence] Dr. Dale T. Adams, PhD, passed away on Monday, January 3, 2022, in Clear Lake City, Texas, at the age of 84. Dale was born in Freeport, Texas on October 30, 1937, to his parents Roddy R. and Emma E. Adams. Dale is preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife Geraldine (Gerrie), and three of his siblings, Roland, Shirley, and Rosie.

Dale is survived by his brother Garland Adams of Denton, Texas; his sons: Scott of Houston and Costa Rica, Billy of San Antonio, and Tony of Houston; Tony’s wife Jeannette; six grandchildren: Erin, Tyler, Mariah, Riley, Isobel, and Emily; three great-grandchildren; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Dale was raised in Freeport and graduated from Brazosport High School. He attended North Texas State College (now the University of North Texas), where he earned three degrees: A BA, a BS, and a Masters. He later attended the University of Texas at Austin and earned a PhD.

While at North Texas, Dale met the great love of his life, Gerrie Bolt. They married on May 25, 1960 and were inseparable until her death on August 15, 2014.

He was a proud Army veteran, having served in the Defense Atomic Support Agency in Albuquerque, New Mexico. At night he ran the base movie theater, and his wife sold popcorn.

Beginning in 1965, Dale taught for 54 years at Lee College in Baytown. He was a gifted instructor, teaching English, Literature, Film History, and Humanities. The College and the success of his students gave his life great meaning. His friends and peers in the faculty were like additional brothers and sisters to him, and like additional aunts and uncles to his sons.

A lifelong lover of film, Dale possessed an incredible depth of knowledge of classic films, directors, writers, and actors. He passed this love on to his sons and many students. His passion led to a successful lyceum series at Lee College that brought many Hollywood greats to Baytown for panel discussions and film screenings. Through this series, Dale became friends with some, including director Budd Boetticher and actress Marsha Hunt.

Dale was known by his friends for his acerbic wit, his love of film and literature, his tenacity for standing up for what is right, and his distaste for Republicans.

At this time, considering the surge in the Covid-19 pandemic, no services are planned. A memorial service will be planned at a later date. An online memorial is available at

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation in his honor can direct them to either of two named scholarships at Lee College ( naming Dale Adams or Gerrie Adams Memorial.



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