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William L. Adams

Dr. William L. Adams

Dr. William L. Adams



William L. Adams was born in new London, Connecticut, in 1946 and spent his childhood traveling in the household of his career navy man father. From 1967 to 1972 he himself served as a naval officer aboard the aircraft carrier Forrestal and as officer-in-charge of the message center at a NATO headquarters in Lisbon, Portugal. Afterward he spent twelve years working for the Marist monks, mainly in their schools in Australia and the Solomon Islands.

From 1979 to 1983 he was deputy headmaster of Sale Catholic College in Australia. Dr. Adams, who holds degrees from University of Central Oklahoma, the State College of Victoria (Australia), the State University of New York at Binghamton, and the University of North Dakota, joined the faculty of the University of Texas at Brownsville in 1987 as a professor of history.

He has been a summer fellow at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a visiting professor at Henan Normal University in China. In 2002 he was awarded an honorary professorship by China’s Anyang University.

Dr. Adams’ previous books include "Portrait of a Border City: Brownsville, Texas," "Valley Vets: An Oral History of World War II Veterans of the Lower Rio Grande Valley," and "Remembering Xinxiang."

He is married to the former Roselyn Grantham of Glasgow, Scotland, and the couple have a son and two daughters.


D. A. (History)University of North Dakota
M.A. (History)University of North Dakota
M.A. (Political Science) State University of New York—Binghamton
B.A.(History/English) Central Oklahoma University

CV/VITAE: Adams Vitae

Classes Taught:

U.S. History to 1877
U.S. History since 1877
Asian History
History of China
American Military History
History of World War I and II

Joined UTB:


Area of Specialty and Responsibility:

Military History and Asian History

Previous Experience:

U.S. Naval Officer 1967-1972
Teacher and principal in Catholic high schools in Australia and the Solomon islands 1975-1986


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