Log In

Samuel Clifford Adams, Edit Profile

Foreign service officer

Samuel Clifford Adams,, American foreign service officer.


Adams,, Samuel Clifford was born on August 15, 1920 in Waco, Texas, United States. Son of Samuel Clifford and Sarah Catherine (Roberts) Adams.


Bachelor, Fisk University, 1940. Master of Arts (Social Science fellow), Fisk University, 1947. Doctor of Philosophy (John Hay Whitney Foundation fellow), University Chicago, 1952.

Postdoctoral student, London School of Economics and Political Science. Postdoctoral student, School Oriental and African Studies. Postdoctoral student, also Maxwell School of Syracuse University, 1957.


Machinist trainee, Norfolk (Virginia) Navy Yard, 1942-1944 research and teaching assistant graduate department, Fisk U., 1946-1947; director, Marion Cooperative Center, American Missionary Association, 1947-1950; research assistant, commission on education, training and research race relations, division social science, University of Chicago, 1950-1951; mass education specialist, United States Special Technology and Economics Mission to Associate States Indo-China, 1952-1954; acting chief education division, USOM, Saigon, Vietnam, 1954-1955; chief education and community development divisions, USOM, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 1955-1957; chief education adviser, Office International Cooperation Administration Republican, American Consulate General, Lagos, Nigeria, 1958-1961; representative, Agency for International Development, Republic of Mali, Africa, 1961; director mission, Agency for International Development, 1962-1964; member senior seminar foreign policy, Foreign Service Institute, Department State, Washington, 1964-1965; director, United States Agency for International Development mission to Morocco, Rabat, 1965-1968; United States ambassador to Niger, 1968-1969; assistant administrator, Agency for International Development, Bureau for Africa, Department State, Washington, 1969-1975; retired, Agency for International Development, Bureau for Africa, Department State, 1975; president, Adams & Company International, Houston, since 1975. United States representative 5th Special Session United Nations General Assembly, 1965. Advising committee science andtech. development Office Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of President, 1978.

Economics development advisory panel World Bank, 1977-1978. Member District Export Council, Department Commerce, Houston. Project director Agency for International Development African Research Study, 1976-1977.

Member of advisory commission on the Sahel National Academy Sciences, 1978-1981. Member United States Advisory Group on Zimbabwe, 1980-1981. Member United States delegate United Nations Conference on Science and Technology for Development, 1979.

Member program planning committee 3d Biennial Woodlands Conference on Growth Policies, U. Houston, 1978.


Alumni trustee Fisk University, Nashville, since 1978. Served as chaplain's assistant Army of the United States, 1944-1946. Associate fellow Royal Anthropological Institute.

Member American Sociological Society, United States Chamber of Commerce (economic committees, member subcommittee on international economic policy 1977-1980, member special task force on Africa 1979, 80), Houston Chamber of Commerce C. (international business committee 1978), Houston World Trade Association (director 1980), Texas Greenhouse Vegetable Growers Association, Texas Agricultural and Mechanical University (board directors since 1982), Houston Committee on Foreign Relations, Alpha Phi Alpha.


Married Evelyn Baker Adams.

Samuel Clifford Adams,

Sarah Catherine (Roberts) Adams,

Evelyn Baker Adams.