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The Legacy

Rooted in Texas A&M

By Chelsea O'Neal '17

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Through a planned gift of retirement assets, the Adairs will support many areas of Texas A&M after their lifetimes.

While traveling with students in Italy nearly 20 years ago, Carolyn Adair ’69 ’75 discovered an overgrown olive tree grove badly in need of nurturing. Through a bit of coaxing and a labor of love, she and her husband Tom ’57 ’65 bought the grove and transformed it into Amici Italian Imports, a company she owns that sells homemade olive oil. She chose the name “amici” because it means “friends” in Italian.

For decades, the couple has likewise changed the lives of Aggies for the better. Carolyn acted as an adviser and friend to students for more than 25 years as the director of student activities, while Tom still teaches physics—a discipline for which he has great passion, despite the circumstances under which he chose it.

“During my freshman year as an engineering major, I had a drawing class on the opposite side of campus from my dorm,” he said. “The walk was so long, and I couldn’t draw a straight line, so I changed my major to physics!”
 

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