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Mr. M. Douglas Adkins
Nickname: Doug



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The information below was provided earlier by Doug in association with the Shipley Reunion and will now serve as his Living Memorial (LM) for the Shipley Tribute. His information below the LM was updated by Doug on Oct. 5 2017 and posted by Dr. Ed Dugas.


Derwood Duke was recruited by Coach Reinhardt from the hills of Shongaloo in 1954; I followed in 1955. We swapped potatoes and steak for crawfish and rice - it took a while. The year that Coach Shipley came, I blew a knee in training camp which ended my playing days; although I had successful surgery sixteen years later, I don't think my footwork was any better than before my injury!

The real players started showing up after I was sidelined: Howard Humphries, Tim Thompson, Don Church and Bill McHorris. It was at that time that I saw what Coach Shipley wanted done with a basketball!

Coach Shipley taught me the relationship between winning and playing with passion. He is passion personified! Self discipline, passion and perseverance are invincible foes and he championed all of them.

Organizing the Dallas Mavericks gave me the opportunity to enjoy the game vicariously for sixteen years; we sold the Club in 1996 to Ross Perot, Jr. Now the new owner, Mark Cuban, is taking the team back to its glory days.

I am disappointed that the game has become one of contact, physical strength and intimidation - that is a far cry from speed, skill and good sportsmanship that use to dominate the game. Times change things, but not always for the good.

I work out four or five times a week, but no round ball unless it is playing horse with my grandsons! My son-in-law, David Piehler, the varsity basketball coach for Highland Park, was inducted in Kansas State High School Hall of Fame, was All Southwest Conference playing for SMU and played for a while with the Dallas Mavs (wish I had known then he was going to be my son-in-law). One grandson playing hockey for Bethel University, St. Paul.

I wish to acknowledge with supreme gratitude some people at Southwestern in addition to Coach Shipley who made my tenure a life time treasure. Dean Herbert Hamilton for convincing me that I should pursue law school and not geology; President Joel L. Fletcher who appointed me as his personal representative to the Student Council and someway obtained a scholarship for me to attend Tulane Law School; Dean Glynn Abel who demonstrated how a great athlete could also be a great administrator and leader; my dear friend Assistant Dean of Men who was an encourager and wonderful leader working with me in Blue Key and as a Proctor in the men’s dorm; and Dr. Perry Sanders for his guidance and positive relationship with so many of us at Southwestern. My relatives, the Morgans, Mackeys and Martins who made me feel so much at home in Lafayette. I will forever be grateful and indebted to my parents, M.D. and Eulyne Adkins, for their sacrifices, love, encouragement and support – Dad made it to age 96 and Mom to within two weeks of 101!

The Lord has truly blessed me and my family with the inspiration and wonderful education I received at ULL. What a supporting cast!
Allons Bulldogs!


Updated Jan. 11, 2018 by Doug Adkins.
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M. Douglas Adkins

BORN: Shreveport, Louisiana

FAMILY: Wife, Carole Baker, a Baylor/SMU graduate; Daughter Mindy, husband David Piehler and four children; Son Gregory with wife Shannon and two children;

Graduated Shongaloo High School, Shongaloo, LA 1955. Graduated with honors with a B.S. Degree in 1960 from University of Louisiana at Lafayette; Member of the Varsity Basketball Team; President of the Blue Key National Honor Society; ULL President's Representative to Student Council; W. A. Tarr Earth Sciences Award; Alumni Award for Outstanding Graduating Male Student;

LL.D. from Tulane University Law School, 1963, cum laude; Chairman of the Honor Board; Member of Order of the Coif; Managing Editor of the Tulane Law Review.

Partner in Dallas law firm of Gardere, Wynne, Sewell, including Co-Managing Partner and Chairman of several committees; Member of the Louisiana, Texas and Dallas Bar Associations. Practice emphasis in representing entrepreneurs, direct selling companies, media advertising, sports law and general corporate work.

Chairman of the Direct Selling Association Lawyers Council and several committees; Co-Founder, General Counsel and Secretary of the Dallas Mavericks; Board of Directors of the Major Indoor Soccer League, including Secretary and Board of Directors of the Dallas Sidekicks, Major Indoor Soccer League Club; Alternate Governor to the National Basketball Association; Member of the NBA Team Counsel; Co–Founder and Former Trustee and Secretary of the NBA Pro Basketball Fellowship.

Shongaloo Lodge #352, Shongaloo, Louisiana
Claud L. Austin Lodge #1450, PM
John L. DeGrazier Lodge #1349, Golden Trowel Reward
Dallas Chapter #47 Royal Arch Mason
Dallas Council #18, Royal and Select Masters
Dallas Commandery #6, Knights Templar
The Royal Order Scotland
Lyle L. Cross York Rite College #147
Hella Shrine Temple
Saint Mark Conclave at Dallas, Texas, Red Cross of Constantine, Puissant Sovereign
Rosicrucian CIVITAS
Valley of Dallas Scottish Rite, Personal Representative to SGIG in Texas, 2005-2007
Sovereign Grand Inspector General in Texas, Supreme Council of Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction – 1/01/2007 to 12/31/2016
Chairman Board of Trustees, Texas Scottish Rite Women’s Dorm – 1/01/2007 to 12/31/2016
Chairman Board of Trustees of Texas Scottish Rite Foundation – 2007 to 12/31/2016
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital – Executive Vice-Chairman -2007 to present
Supreme Council of Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction – Grand Sword Bearer – 2015

Former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Dallas Baptist University; Former Trustee and Secretary of Dallas Baptist University Foundation; Former Trustee and Secretary of the D. H. Byrd Foundation; Chairman of the Board of the Greater Dallas Fellowship of Christian Athletes; Co-Founder and Former Secretary and Board of Directors of the Paul Anderson Youth Home; Co-Founder and Former Director and Secretary of Los Hermanos de la Frontera; Co-founder and Chairman of the Board of the Mary Crowley Cancer Research Center; Former Member of Greater Dallas Crime Commission; Chairman of the Administrative Committee of GuideStone Financial Resources; Honorary Admiral Texas Navy


Former Trustee of Criswell College
• Chairman, W. A. Criswell Center Building & Steering Committee and Dedication
• Member First Baptist Dallas Planning and Development Committee for new Sanctuary
• Member Pastor’s Council
• Member Pastor’s Prayer Partners
• Member and Former Secretary of Board of Deacons, other committees
Basketball- (M):  1955, 1956, 1957

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