Coeur d'Alene family contributes $20,000 to NIC campaign

The Adams family believes in education and knows well the value that North Idaho College brings to the community.
Which is why the family decided to contribute $20,000 to the NIC Providing Opportunities—Fulfilling Dreams Community Campaign for technology for the new NIC Health and Sciences Building as well as student scholarships. 
“We all have a fondness for the college because it's touched each of us in some way,” said Wally Adams, a 1961 graduate of NIC.
After the death of his wife, Jack Adams, the patriarch of the family, remarried Pauline Adams. Pauline is an alumna of NIC and she along with her first husband Joe Whitley, who has since passed away, were longtime supporters of the college. Joe helped form the NIC Booster Club in the 1960s.
Jack Adams is a longtime Coeur d'Alene resident and business owner, having opened Coeur d'Alene Tractor in 1948.
Jack's sons Wally and John now own Coeur d'Alene Tractor, although Jack still shows up for work every day along with a nephew of the family who manages the Bonners Ferry store, meaning four generations of Adams family members are a part of the business today.
Those same generations have been touched by North Idaho College.
Jack's daughters Joyce Russell and Janis Meckel both attended NIC in the early ‘50s. John was freshman class president in 1958-1959 before becoming student body president the following school year. Wally followed in his brother's footsteps serving as freshman class president in 1959-1960 and student body president in 1960-1961.
Wally served as the NIC Alumni Association president for three years and has been involved in the organization since its inception. Last year, he was named Alumnus of the Year by the association.
The NIC Providing Opportunities—Fulfilling Dreams Community Campaign presented itself as another means to give back to the college that has played such a valuable role in the lives of his family members, according to Wally.
Wally and his wife Pamela contributed $5,000 to the campaign. John and his wife Joanna matched the gift as did the brothers' father Jack. Pauline and her daughter Diane Whitley, who also attended NIC in the 1980s, contributed $5,000 to establish the Adams-Whitley Scholarship endowment for a total contribution of $20,000 to the capital campaign from the Adams family.
“Far and away, NIC is the best educational value that exists anywhere, in our opinion,” Wally said. “It enables people of all ages to acquire an education that will provide them a better way of life.”

For More Information
NIC Foundation Executive Director Rayelle Anderson, (208) 769-5978

Posted: Tuesday, April 12, 2005

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