Voices of Experience: Pauline Adams dedicates a lifetime to education

Jun 23, 2014


Pauline Adams with a portrait of her husband, former MSU president Walter Adams.
Credit WKAR/Nancy Kelly
 We all know Michiganians we feel are extraordinary --for their memorable life experiences or their sacrifices.  Maybe for their success or their service, and for the insights they produce. Getting acquainted with extraordinary people is the focus of Current State’s ongoing series, “Voices of Experience.”

 Pauline Adams traces her life in East Lansing back to 1947.  That’s when she, her husband -- future University President Walter Adams -- and their infant son Jim, traveled from New York City to Michigan State College. That’s where the native New Yorkers, who met on a blind date, would begin the next chapter in their young lives. Walter Adams would climb through the ranks and become renowned as a University leader during the riotous late 60’s.  Pauline Adams would make her own mark.  She would spend nearly 60 years teaching in MSU classrooms, a tenure that ended only last year.   Host Mark Bashore recently sat down with Pauline Adams to talk about her life.