Baylor Mourns Death of Emeritus Professor

Nov. 17, 2010
News Photo 4983Sudie Muirhead Adams, Emeritus Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Baylor University.

Sudie Muirhead Adams, Emeritus Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Baylor University, died Monday, Nov. 15.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, at OakCrest Funeral Home, 4520 Bosque Blvd., Waco. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 19, at Lake Shore Baptist Church with Rev. Libby Bellinger and Rev. Dorisann Cooper officiating.

Adams was born in Calvert to Dr. H.H. Muirhead and Sarah Alyne Guynes Muirhead, Baptist missionaries in Brazil. She was educated in Recife, Pernambuco and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She received her B.A. and M.A. degrees from Baylor and did additional graduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin in Latin, Romance linguistics, Spanish, and Latin American literature. She taught physical education in Plainview and Midland, and later taught Romance languages at Union University, UT-Austin and Baylor.

Adams' immediate family earned a total of 15 academic degrees, 14 of which were from Baylor. She was a member of Epsilon Chi of Delta Kappa Gamma, the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, the Southwest Council of Latin American Studies, the Old Main Society and Baylor Round Table.

She was married to Warren H. Adams of Waco for 31 years. Sudie and Warren taught together at Baylor most of their married life, which was filled with travel, devotion to their students and love for friends and family.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her brothers, Dr. J.J. Muirhead, Dr. S.J. Muirhead, Dr. E.E. Muirhead and Harry Muirhead; and sisters, Bess M. Estes and Elena M. Ware. She is survived by her sister, Dulce M. Brooks; and many nephews and nieces who affectionately referred to her as Gran-Sudie.

Memorials can be sent to the Sudie M. Adams and Warren H. Adams Endowment Fund for the department of modern foreign languages at Baylor or to Lake Shore Baptist Church.

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