Harry E. McAdams, 87, died May 27, 2018 after a battle with cancer.
Funeral services were May 31 at Sneed Funeral Chapel in Lampasas.
Mr. McAdams was the son of Curtis Kendoll McAdams and Maude Lax McAdams. He grew up in East Austin, where his father was a Christian mission preacher and painted houses to make ends meet.
Mr. McAdams started work at the Texas Capitol as a page when he was 14, and he was still working at the Capitol as an adviser to corporations and individuals until just before his death.
As a young man, he moved to the Washington, D.C. area to work in professional staff positions at the U.S. Congress. While in Washington he met and married Anna Dora Fogle. They were married for 51 years until she died in 2006.
Mr. McAdams was a longtime friend and adviser to former Texas Gov. Dolph Briscoe, who appointed him director of state/ federal relations after his early retirement after 26 years on Capitol Hill. While in Washington, Mr. McAdams also operated side businesses including a car wash near Washington Reagan National Airport.
He had a lifelong fascination with cars, and for a time imported and sold European luxury automobiles.
Mr. McAdams returned to Texas in the late 1980s, when he and his wife built their dream ranch home on land purchased several years earlier in Lampasas County.
After returning to Texas, he operated Business Government Associates and was a principal emeritus of Texas Star Alliance. He was adviser to some of the most successful corporations and individuals in the nation, and continued to represent Briscoe family interests until his death.
He particularly enjoyed serving a large group of Texas cattlemen in defeating a bill in the Texas Legislature sought by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Cattlemen felt the bill encroached on private property rights because it allowed inspectors at will to inspect cattle for brucellosis.
Recent challenges involved representing owners of underground water rights in the Edwards Aquifer.
McAdams served as an enlisted sailor in the U.S. Navy, and while working for Congress received a direct commission as a major from the Secretary of the Air Force. He served for 15 years in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.
He graduated from The American University in Washington, D.C. with a bachelor’s degree in public administration.
He was preceded in death by his brother Leo McAdams, as well as his wife Ann.
Mr. McAdams is survived by his children, Michael McAdams of Arlington, Virginia, Curtis McAdams of Austin, Texas and Lisa McAdams-Collins of Alexandria, Virginia, as well as their spouses; and by his brother, Billy Hobbs of Austin.
Donations may be made to the University Transplant Center or the Mays Cancer Center, both at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio.