2007 - Lindalyn Adams
Lindalyn Adams - 2007 Leadership Award Winner
Lindalyn Bennett Adams, a long-time Dallas resident and civic volunteer, is known for her passion for history and preservation and the powerful impact she has made on the city, expanding and enhancing its perception around the country. As the founder of the Sixth Floor Museum, Lindalyn’s tireless efforts over a 13-year period resulted in a major historical exhibition – the transformation of the Texas School Book Depository into the Sixth Floor Museum, which chronicles the history of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy objectively, accurately, and professionally. At the time, Lindalyn served as Chairman of the Dallas Historical Commission, which began the effort to establish an exhibit in the former Texas School Book Depository. She was instrumental in the establishment of the Dallas County Historical Foundation, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization which operates the museum today. She is currently Chairman Emerita of the Sixth Floor Museum. In the face of many obstacles, including initial lack of support, Lindalyn stayed the course, ensuring that the project was not only done, but done well. She became chairman of the Dallas County Historical Foundation, which was created to raise funds for the $3.5 million museum and to oversee its operations. In 1989, Lindalyn’s patient fight for support resulted in the opening of an exhibit, which now attracts 450,000 visitors annually.
Lindalyn has also been instrumental in the renovation and upcoming May 2007 opening of the Old Red Museum of Dallas County History and Culture, in the Old Red Courthouse. She has been a champion of The Old Red Courthouse since she dedicated the Texas Historical Marker in 1978. She chaired the Friends of Old Red for a decade. She is Honorary Life Trustee of Dallas Heritage Village and is also a Life Trustee of the Dallas Historical Society. She is an Advisory Trustee of Children’s Medical Center. Other current boards include Friends of the Texas Historical Commission; Leukemia Texas; Dallas Opera Women’s Board, Advisory Committee; the President’s Council of the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts and SMU’s Archives of the Women of the Southwest.
She has also devoted her time and talents as president of numerous organizations including the
SMU Alumni Board, the Dallas Opera Woman’s Board, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League, and Dallas County Heritage Society's Old City Park, The Dallas Historical Society, Friends of Fair Park, and the Senior Source. She has served as chairman of the Crystal Charity Ball, the Junior League of Dallas Ball, the Neiman Marcus Fortnight, the Linz Award Luncheon, the Spirit of Generations Luncheon, and the Dallas County Historical Commission, where under her leadership, the Dallas Commission led the state in the record number of awards from the Texas Historical Commission. She was one of the three founders of La Fiesta de las Seis Banderas benefiting the Park Cities and the Highland Park School District.
As the spouse of the late Reuben H. Adams, Jr., M.D., the long-time chief of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, at Baylor University Medical Center, Lindalyn was very involved in the medical community, serving as President of the Dallas County Medical Society Alliance when the Alliance acquired the Historic Aldredge House, the only Alliance in the country to have its own headquarters. She also was president of Medical Center Woman’s Club, and the Faculty Woman’s Club of UT Southwestern Medical School.
Her tireless efforts on behalf of the community have garnered her prestigious recognition including the Linz Award, Southern Methodist University's Distinguished Alumni Award and the Distinguished Alumni Award of Highland Park High School. Lindalyn was the second of only three to date to receive the prestigious Junior League of Dallas’ Lifetime Achievement Award, an award given only every five years to a sustaining member for outstanding service to the community. Lindalyn also received the Ruth Lester Award of the Texas Historical Commission, the highest award given by the Commission. Additionally she received the award for Outstanding County Historical Commission Chairman in Texas three times. She was honored by the Texas Association of Museums with its President’s award, and the University of Texas American History Center Ima Hogg Award for historic preservation. She was named Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year in Dallas by National Association of Fundraisers. She also received the Neiman Marcus Downtown Dallas Renaissance Award. The Dallas Historical Society, the Dallas County Heritage Society and Preservation Dallas all have given her major awards.
As Development Officer at Baylor Health Care System Foundation, Lindalyn coordinates Baylor Health Care System Foundation’s “Celebrating Women Luncheon,” which under her leadership, has grown from netting $125,000 in 2000 to netting over $1.3 million in 2005, to benefit breast cancer research.
Lindalyn Adams and the late Reuben H. Adams, Jr., M.D., met at Southern Methodist University and were married for 51 years. They have three sons, Richard, Charlie, and Bill Adams, two lovely daughters-in-law, Alice Adams and Andrea Adams, and nine grandchildren: Megan, MacKenzie, Lindsay, Chase, Kristen, Carlton, William ,Grace Marie and Annaliese Adams.