|Birth: ||Jan. 6, 1913|
|Death: ||Nov. 5, 2005|
Dr. Erie Dell Adams was born Jan. 6, 1913 in Killeen, Texas. Her parents were Sam and Dell Tankersley Adams. Her siblings were Richard, Sam, John, then came Erie Dell, Donny Lou, George, Lalla, and Robert. She attended schools in Killeen and then when Erie Dell was thirteen years old, the family moved to Littlefield. Her father built the cotton gin at Roundup, between Shallowater and Anton in Hockley County.
Dr. Adams graduated from Littlefield High School in 1929 at the age of sixteen. She was salutatorian. Her father Mr. Adams was still running the gin in Roundup when the family moved to Lubbock in 1931. Erie was the oldest girl in the family, her siblings called her "Sister," and that is the name the family calls her to this day.
Erie Dell continued to work at her father's gin when she started to Texas Technological College in 1931. She attended school only in the spring semester because she worked for her dad in the fall. She was taking elementary education courses because girls were supposed to be teachers. She taught fourth grade one semester in Olden, Texas.
A cousin from California, who was a nurse, visited the family in Lubbock. Erie Dell was so impressed with her cousin that she wanted to go into nursing. She enrolled in the nursing program at Parkland Hospital in Dallas and graduated with her R. N. in 1937. She worked as a graduate nurse mostly in private duty in Lubbock and then with hospitals in Knox City and Pampa, Texas and New York City for a few months.
World War II started in Dec. 1941 when Erie Dell was twenty-eight years old. May 12, 1942 she enrolled as a second lieutenant at Fort Sam Houston, Texas in the U. S. Army Nurse Corps. After a few days in Texas and Florida, she embarked on the new ocean liner, Queen Elizabeth, bound for England; it was voyage of two or three weeks. The Queen Elizabeth was being used as a troop ship. She was stationed for two years at Tidworth, England and her patients came from U. S. troops in the British Isles, Africa and from air borne troops in Europe.
After the U. S. troops landed in Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944, she and other nurses were very busy with casualties from France.
In September 1944, Lt. Adams and other nurses were sent with field hospitals across a turbulent channel to France. The offensive in the Ardennes Forest in Belgium, known as the Battle of the Bulge, lasted over fifty days.
After VE Day, her group was sent to Rheims, France to work in the Fifth General Hospital for the remainder of her time in Europe. She was discharged in October and arrived home in early November.
In 1943 Baylor Medical School was moved from Dallas to Houston. Then a group of Dallas businesspersons founded Southwestern Medical College. In 1949, the founders gave the school to the University of Texas. The year before, in 1948 Erie Dell enrolled in the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston where she studied for two years. In 1950, Erie Dell and several students in Galveston decided to transfer to Dallas. She graduated in 1952 with one of the first classes from the new University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. She did her pediatric residency at Herman Hospital in Houston and worked at the V. A. Hospital in Houston.
From 1955 Dr. Adams was in private practice in Lubbock for eleven years. In 1969, the Lubbock State School was founded and Dr. Adams became the Medical Director for the Lubbock State School. She worked with the children at the State School until 1980. For five years, 1981 until 1986, Dr. Adams was the Medical Director of the Developmental Disability Clinic at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, serving children with disabilities. She retired in 1986 at the age of seventy-three.
Following retirement Dr. Adams started going on mission trips. Her first medical mission trip was to Guyana, South America. She eventually made eight trips to Guyana.
Between the ages of seventy-four and eighty-eight, Dr. Adams made twenty-four medical and teaching mission trips to thirteen countries all over the world. Her last mission trip was to Surinam. The mission trips were made with Partners in Progress, a mission group from Little Rock, Arkansas.
City of Lubbock Cemetery
Plot: Section 6
Created by: David Sifford
Record added: Jan 01, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8231902