As one of Heidelberg University’s most passionate supporters, Patricia “Pat” Adams has demonstrated the value she places on education and leadership throughout her lifetime. A tireless philanthropist, she was influenced by the strength of her mother and her grandmother, the women who raised her in Dover, Ohio.
Pat met her husband, John Q. Adams, in high school. While John attended then Heidelberg College, completing his degree in 1958, Pat worked at the Tiffin Glass Factory and later, kept the books and payroll for Baylor Pharmaceuticals, one of John’s companies. She has always labored faithfully with John in his various entrepreneurial ventures.
While business has always been an integral part of her life, Pat knows about balancing work and family. One of three daughters raised in a close-knit Italian Catholic family, Pat has been actively involved in her church. She has promoted her love for education and family through her various roles in the PTA, Adopt-a-Family and Heidelberg.
A lifelong learner, Pat has long held a vision to bring to the Heidelberg community exceptional women to speak with undergraduate students and faculty about such topics as business ethics and balancing work and family.
Pat and John are the parents of three children, Sherri Steinford, John Jr. and the late Cindy Adams. They have eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. They have lived in Texas for many years.