Adolph Coors III

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Adolph Coors III (January 12, 1916 – February 9, 1960) was the grandson of Adolph Coors and heir to the Coors beer empire.

Life and career

Coors was born on January 12, 1916, the son of Alice May (née Kistler; 1885–1970) and Adolph Coors II. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. Like most of his family, including brother Joseph Coors, Adolph graduated from Cornell University, where he was president of the Quill and Dagger society and a member of The Kappa Alpha Society. Coors was also a semi-professional baseball player.[1]

On February 9, 1960, while on his way to work, he was murdered at the age of 44 in a foiled kidnapping attempt by escaped murderer Joseph Corbett, Jr. in Colorado.[2] In September, the remains of Coors were found by hunters in a remote area around Pikes Peak. The subject of an international manhunt, Corbett was captured in Vancouver, British Columbia in October of that year.[3]


An avid skier, Coors was inducted into the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in 1998.[4]


  1. Dutcher, Brandon (April 1994). "For Adolph Coors IV, Money Couldn't Fill the Emptiness Inside". Double Dutch. Retrieved 21 April 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Denver Brewer Coors Missing; Fear Kidnap. Deserted Car, Motor On, Found". Los Angeles Times. February 10, 1960. Retrieved 2010-07-15. Adolph Coors III, wealthy brewer and industrialist, vanished from his blood-flecked car on a rural road yesterday, touching off a vast manhunt in the Rocky Mountain foothills west of Denver...<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. FBI captures Joseph Corbett in Canada
  4. "Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame". Retrieved September 25, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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