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 Brewing Company empire.

Life and career[edit]

Coors was born on January 12, 1916, the son of Alice May (née Kistler; 1885–1970) and Adolph Coors Jr. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. Like his father and his youngest 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. At the time of his death, he was CEO and Chairman of the Board of the Coors Brewing Company in Golden, Colorado. [1] Coors married Mary Urquhart Grant in November 1940.

The ransom note from the kidnapper

On February 9, 1960, while on his way to work, he was murdered at the age of 44 in a foiled kidnapping attempt at Turkey Creek Bridge near Morrison, Colorado, by escaped murderer Joseph Corbett Jr. in Colorado.[2] On September 11, 1960, the remains of Coors were found in a garbage dump by a young man who was target practicing 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] Corbett was convicted of first degree murder on March 29, 1961, and sentenced to life in state prison.[4]

February 10, 1960 cover of the Rocky Mountain News


An avid skier, Coors was inducted into the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in 1998.[5]


  1. ^ Dutcher, Brandon (April 1994). "For Adolph Coors IV, Money Couldn't Fill the Emptiness Inside". Double Dutch. Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  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... 
  3. ^ FBI captures Joseph Corbett in Canada
  4. ^ The case of Adolph Coors Retrieved 2018-02-14.
  5. ^ "Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame". Retrieved September 25, 2010. 

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