|Birth: ||Aug. 31, 1899|
|Death: ||Mar., 1975|
Businessman: Kenneth "Boots" Adams, started working for the Phillips Petroleum Company in 1920 as a clerk in the warehouse department. Twelve years later he was chosen by founder and president Frank Phillips to fill the newly created position of Assistant to the President. Six years later he was elected president of Phillips 66 at age 38, one of the nation's youngest corporation heads. In 1964 after 44 years with the company, he retired as a Phillips employee but continued as Board Chairman.
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When he was three years old he received a pair of black leather boots with red tops. He liked them so much he didn't want to take them off even to go to bed. Neighbors, family and friends started calling him "Boots" and the name stuck!
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Special thanks to Brandon O'Rear for providing the information below. [March 2016]
BARTLESVILLE, Okla. ~ Funeral services for K.S. "Boots" Adams, who guided Phillips Petroleum Co. into 10th place among the nation's oil conglomerates, were scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church.
Adams, 74, died Sunday in a Houston hospital. The retired president and board chairman of Phillips underwent vascular bypass surgery a week before his death.
He was flown to the Houston hospital March 15 after being hospitalized in Bartlesville five days in critical condition.
Adams joined Phillips, currently the nation's 10th largest oil firm, as a young dock worker and worked his way up to the company's top position. He became the company's second chief executive when founder Frank Phillips stepped down.
Adams served 26 years as president and 17 years as chairman of the board before his retirement in 1968.
A K.S. Adams Memorial has been established at the First National Bank in Bartlesville.
K.S. "Boots" Adams ~ A native of Kansas City, Mo., Adams is credited with the foresight to realize the potential of cheap natural gas in the Oklahoma Panhandle and buying leases which have made Phillips today one of the largest natural gas producers in the world.
From: McCurtain Gazette
Tuesday, April 1, 1975
John Valentine Adams (1872 - 1956)
Barbara Blanche Keeler Adams (1900 - 1978)
Dorothy Glynn Stephens Adams (1920 - 2005)
Bud Adams (1923 - 2013)*
Memorial Park Cemetery
Created by: David G. Stuart
Record added: Dec 08, 2004
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