A 1956 School of Engineering graduate is one of two University of Kansas alumni to receive the 2013 Fred Ellsworth Medallion for extraordinary service to KU.
P.J. “Jim” Adam, Tucson, Ariz., will be honored by the KU Alumni Association will honor them Friday, Sept. 20, during the fall meeting of the national Board of Directors.
Adam retired in 2005 after a 43-year career with Black & Veatch Corp., headquartered in Kansas City, Mo. He led the firm as chairman and CEO from 1994 to 1998 and remained chairman emeritus until his retirement. He served for four years on the Alumni Association’s national board of directors, leading the organization as chair from 1998 to ’99. He also served on the Adams Alumni Center Board of Governors from 1993 to 2002. He and his wife, Barbara Mills Adam, led the Rock Chalk Ball in Kansas City as 1999 honorary chairs and participated in numerous KU events in Kansas City through the years.
For KU Endowment, Adam is a life trustee; he and Barbara are Chancellors Club members. He has assisted the past three capital campaigns for KU, serving currently on the engineering campaign committee for Far Above: The Campaign for Kansas. He helped guide the School of Engineering as a member of its advisory board and was named a Distinguished Engineering Alumnus in 1995, followed by recognition as a Mechanical Engineering Distinguished Alumnus in 2002. He also served on the KU Edwards Campus Advisory Board. For Kansas Athletics, the Adams are members of the Williams Education Fund.
For his service to humanity and the Kansas City community, Adam received the Distinguished Service Citation from Alumni Association and KU in 2005.
The other 2013 Ellsworth Medallion recipient is 1948 College Liberal Arts & Sciences Robert Malott, Wilmette, Ill.
Since 1975, the medallions have recognized KU volunteers who have continued the tradition of service established by Ellsworth, the Association’s longest-serving chief executive.