April 22, 2000—It is with sadness that we announce the death of Joe V. Goodman, the founder of Adams Press.

Joe began his career as an accountant with the State of Illinois before establishing Adams Press in 1942. Many of the authors whose books he produced considered Joe a valued friend and knowledgeable counselor as he guided them through the publishing process. The authors with whom he worked before his retirement in 1997 numbered in the hundreds.

Adams Press was and remains truly a family business. Joe's daughter Lori remembers helping her father as a child by assembling brochures and price lists for mailing. Her reward? A penny apiece! Greater rewards directly attributable to the business were yet to come, however. Joe was proud of the fact that Adams Press helped send Lori through Duke University.

Another family member familiar to Adams Press authors was Beverly Freid, Joe's niece. For many years Beverly was the voice authors heard when they called to ask for prices or advice about how to lay out their books.

Today Adams Press is still a family business, but the family is now the Keplers — Jim, Ann, and Tom. We're saddened by the loss of Joe but happy that he had time to enjoy a few years of retirement. Joe first began thinking about retiring when he reached 65 ... then 70 ... then 75. Finally, at the age of 80 Joe decided it was time to devote more time to charitable pursuits and other leisure pastimes. Joe Goodman was 84 years old when he died on March 29, 2000.


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