Distinguished Alumni: Fred W. Adams

Adams founded campus newspaper,
led family-owned business

Fred W. Adams

By Britney Munguia

While attending what was known at the time as Southwest Texas Normal College in 1911, Fred W. Adams established Texas State University’s campus newspaper.

The Normal Star, as it was dubbed, was first published in February of 1911.

In an interview in 1986, Adams said the first copies of the Normal Star were printed on the same hand press used by Adams Extract Co., his family’s Austin-based business.

Like the university, the newspaper has gone through several name changes — it was the Normal Star, College Star and Daily Star before it became the University Star.

Later in life, Adams became president and chairman of Adams Extract, which was founded by his father, John Adams, in 1888.

Fred Adams was honored with the Texas State Distinguished Alumnus Award by the Alumni Association in 1973.

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