Legacies: A History Journal for Dallas and North Central Texas, Volume 16, Number 01, Spring, 2004 Page: 13
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Despite his early opposition to construction of Central Expressway, J. B. Adoue, Jr., third from left, joined
Mayor R. L. Thornton (center) and other former mayors of Dallas in a ceremony celebrating the "completion" of
the freeway in 1956, shortly before his death. Joining Adoue and Thornton were, at left, George Sergeant and
George Sprague, and at right, Woodall Rodgers and Wallace Savage.
Adoue's stature as an effective civic leader
grew to new heights through his work with the
Community Chest Fund and the War Chest. In
both 1942 and 1943, Adoue was head of the
Community Chest, as the United Way was then
named, and was credited with re-vitalizing it
through highly successful fundraising campaigns.
In 1943 Adoue also led the War Chest campaign
and raised a record-breaking $1.5 million for local
charities. In recognition of these fundraising successes
and for his long-term civic leadership,
Adoue was honored with the Linz Award in 1943.
In 1942, at the age of 58, Adoue was tapped
by the Citizens Charter Association and Mayor
Woodall Rodgers to begin his career in Dallas
politics. Upon the death of City Councilman
E.J. Ward in February of that year, Mayor
Rodgers asked Adoue to fill the vacancy on the
council for the remainder of the term. Adoue
embraced his work on the council and was easily
re-elected as a CCA candidate to the City
Council in his own right the following two
terms, in 1943 and 1945. Adoue was hugely
popular at the polls and during his second elected
term, in 1945, he was chosen by his council
colleagues to serve as mayor pro-tem.
Adoue emerged as an outspoken and fiercely
independent councilman. His sometimes blunt
speech and aggressive championship of the
"underdog" endeared him to many workingclass
Dallasites, but often caused friction between
him and other council members and the business
elite. A rift developed between him and Mayor
Rodgers, who was in his final term, over Adoue's
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