It is with great sadness that we notify the membership of Kensington Golf & Country Club of the passing of
Mrs. Adrienne P. McMullin
Adrienne entered my life as a true Force of Nature! Full of enthusiasm and limitless energy. She became a wonderful friend and as I mentored her through the world of horses, she guided me through the complex and scary world of cancer! I will never forget her.kindness, wisdom, and guidance through those five years. She was my role model, and as Adrienne always insisted, "we are not whining, we are winning!"
I speak for everyone at Swan Creek Farms when I say we will always miss her and if Tex and the dogs could talk, they would agree
I was so lucky to have Adrienne McMullin as a very special friend. I first met her when I moved to the barn where she kept Adonis. We enjoyed riding together and also spent a lot of time just 'hanging out' with the horses. She had a most interesting past and conversations with her always made me smile. She had a heart of gold and was so full of joy and wisdom. She went through tough health issues but always kept a positive attitude. She was an inspiration. We also loved to email, doing so daily --- anything from funny to political to inspirational. Now I see something on the computer and think that Adrienne would love to see that---but alas that can no longer be. She loved life and wanted to live it for many years to come. Her passing came way too soon, I will miss her always.
Adrienne will be missed by everyone that she touched in her life. She was always helpful and full of energy. She was a tiny woman which made it hard to to believe there was room in there for such a big heart.
Adrienne was a special Lady in so many ways. Petite in stature but gigantic with regards to her personality, enthusiasm, passion and accomplishments. We've enjoyed the past 40 /- winters on the slopes with she and Bud. Cherished memories.!
It is with great sadness that we notify the membership of Kensington Golf & Country Club of the passing of
Mrs. Adrienne P. McMullin
Not just skiing but rescuing others on the slopes.
My first image of Adrienne McMullin was that of a small, striking blonde skiing swiftly and effortlessly down an expert ski trail with a huge rescue toboggan (about twice as long as she was tall). As she suddenly made a series of quick braking turns and came to a pinpoint stop on a particularly icy section, the Ski Patrol instructor who was training our group of rookies smiled and said “See, that’s all there is to it”, while knowing that at least 50% of us “expert skiers” would probably wash out of Patrol training before beginning to master THAT technique.
But what later impressed me after meeting her and her gregarious husband “Bud” and learning of their dynamic Manhattan business executive careers was her strong dedication to such a selfless goal of volunteering those unique skills to rescue injured skiers. Both she and Bud managed to juggle their professional careers to show up for 7:00AM “opening” at the ski resort for over 30 years, sometimes flying cross country from a week-long business trip to do so. Snow storms and other bad weather never kept them at home, even though their duty was completely voluntary.
We often skied in conditions most would not go out in (“Y’all go out in that weather on PURPOSE??”), giving “first responder” care to the seriously injured and extrication off the mountain to hospital care. Adrienne was always first to jump into action whenever a serious “wreck” call came into Patrol HQ and consistently earned the respect of full time “pro” patrollers, ski area management and the public with her selfless dedication, cool demeanor, quiet confidence and top-level patrolling skills.
Off duty, Adrienne was always ready for the next expert run or after-hours cocktails and dancing, with boundless energy. Away from patrolling, Adrienne and Bud introduced me to world class winter adventures in the Alps, skiing some of the most legendary terrain in the world with ex-Olympians, instructors and back-country guides. Here too, her energy, talent and enthusiastic approach to life had her consistently leading the pack right on the tail of our Olympic guide. And they were always the center of the social scene as well, energizing the group with humor, “war stories” and Bud’s fantastic collection of impromptu jokes. However, her most amazing quality was that even after several serious health challenges, her optimism, love of adventure and passion for skiing never waned. She even kept a full set of ski gear at our Park City ski house for the “next” ski trip.
We’ll miss her, so much. John Chandler. 12/21/14
The job of trying to capture the essence of Adrienne's working career is no small task.
She entered the business world at a true turning point, up until the early 70's very few if any woman were employed in business critical positions in Insurance and Human Resources. To say that this was a hostile work environment for woman would be a gross understatement.
As such, the first pioneering woman in these roles needed to be smarter, tougher and better than their male counterparts. Adrienne had all these characteristics and then some!
In the theatre world an individual who can act, sing and dance is called a "triple threat". To have the equivalent In the world of Employee Benefits would require an individual to have Insurance, Corporate HR and Consulting experience. Adrienne was one of only a handful of people at best that could lay claim to all three skills. She worked for Equitable, Citibank and finally Foster Higgins and William M Mercer.
While I had come to know her over the years through my business relationship with Bud, it was not until she joined Foster Higgins that we truly became both colleagues and friends.
Shortly after she joined Foster Higgins our company was acquired by Marsh & McLennan Companies and our firm was incorporated into William M Mercer. In 1999 Mercer was presented with a very unique opportunity, we were engaged to assist then Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) with their separation from Andersen Worldwide.
The assignment was to separate all Global Human Resource Functions and Employee Benefit programs. This entailed first negotiations of and asset transfers for all existing joint programs. Simultaneously, all administrative functions and carrier contracts needed to be duplicated.
At the time, I was leading Mercer's U.S. Mergers & Acquisition business and was tasked by our Chairman to lead this project. As a Global Employee Benefit Consulting firm, we had significant depth on all benefit program issues but very limited capability on the HR functions side. It became very clear early on that Mercer would need to have an individual onsite at Andersen in Chicago to act as the interim HR Leader and to coordinate the establishment of all HR functions and programs. In all of Mercer and it's then more than 15,000 employees I could find only one person who had the skill set to accomplish this task, Adrienne McMullin.
The separation was achieved in 12 months and would turn out to be extremely prophetic considering the ultimate Government investigation of Arthur Andersen and the collapse of Andersen Worldwide.
Though more than 140 Mercer employees globally worked on this project and billed and collected over $18 million in consulting fees, none of this would have been accomplished without the human dynamo named Adrienne. She managed a staff of more than 20 Andersen employees and did this while commuting to Chicago every Monday morning and commuting back on Friday night to spend weekends with Bud.
She of course found the perfect hotel (Swiss Hotel) to stay at that would clean and store her clothes over the weekend, so she did not have to travel with luggage. The hotel was also perfectly situated on the Chicago underground network which she completely mastered and during those horrendous Chicago winters, could get anywhere she desired faster underground then most could above.
In a project that took her away from home for more than two years and required tremendous personal sacrifice, I never once heard her complain. That Adrienne was a special person with unique gifts and talents goes without saying but perhaps her most significant talent was her ability to provide the gift of friendship, I will miss her always!
The Club, The Course, The Dance Floor
I hope I'm not too late with this. I did not ride, but did go once to see her stables several months ago. Was most impressed with her mind meld. It was uncanny. I spent more time with Bud and Adrienne on a social basis. I will give you my impressions of Adrienne. She loved to dance, she was passionate about friends, a fierce defender of what she felt to be right, she was feisty, intense, had more energy and lust for life than most people. And she loved her Bud. Hope this helps.
Lois Ricci Kensington Golf & CC
….for Adrienne riding in her convertible, top down, wind surrounding her..
in the memory of her friends
If you are going put together a tribute about Adrienne, you will not be able to tell the complete story. Simply put, Adrienne had multiple lives. In each life and with each person Adrienne gave her complete attention. She would not hesitate to share all that she did. Her priority was always who she was with and the task at hand.
Others were always her priority.
Here are some of the sections of her life told by some of the many who hold her dear.
Born… New Jersey
Activities…. Straight A’s and Cheerleading
I remember Adrienne from her high school days, as (a) continuous upbeat positive ball of energy in all she did. I remember her as a head varsity cheerleader during my football and basketball days there. And Adrienne helped me get through 3 years of Russian classes. Hearing of her passing stunned me, as I'm sure it did her whole family. My deepest condolences.
My deepest condolences to Adrienne's family. I was a classmate at Sparta Class of 1962.
Aspiration….. Being admitted to West Point
We were trail riding one day and talking about people being afraid because of something that might happen or has happened and Adrienne made a comment that I have never forgotten and wish I could say about myself. She said “I don’t know what it would be like to feel fear, I have never felt it” Personally, I think that sums up Adrienne. She met life head on and the thought of her not accomplishing what she set out to do never occurred to her.
When Adrienne visited Adonis after he retired, she came with a list of other horses. She would go around to each and every one with a treat and a picture to send back to their mom. No one was left out. There could be as many as ten horses to attend to and a mile or more hike to see them all. Everyone was attended to.
Adrienne Poole McMullin born August 20, 1944, died on December 5, 2014 of complications during a routine surgery in Naples, Florida at the age of 70. She is survived by her beloved husband E.F. 'Bud' McMullin; Stepson Scott (and his wife Michele); and 2 grandchildren, Bryce (13) and Wes (7) and her cousin Helen Poole Shillito (and husband Bob).
Adrienne was born in Bayonne, NJ to Sonia and Vin Poole. She was a cheerleader at Spartan High school, and graduated from the University of Indiana. An avid skier, she was on the Vernon Valley (now renamed Mountain Creek) Ski Patrol for 35 years. In addition, she had been heli-skiing and took multiple European Ski trips. She was an active equestrian up until her death, and her beloved Adonis has retired to Texas, and was loved as much as any animal could be.
A resident of Naples, FL for 14 years; Adrienne spent over 30 years working in Manhattan and became a highly successful Management consultant for Wm. M. Mercer before her retirement. Rising at 4am to swim laps most of those days, she was passionate in all things she attempted as was reflected in her remarkable career at The Equitable and Citibank.
She was a wonderful and caring wife, who gave her husband a loving hug and kiss at the beginning AND the end of every day they were together. She will be missed more than words can convey.
Her 70 years were filled with countless activities. She packed as much as anyone could into her lifetime.
In lieu of funeral services, donations may be made in her name to your favorite charity or Camp Rusk Foundation where her horse, Adonis, is retired and she served for a number of years on the Board of Directors.
Written by husband Bud McMullin and son Scott
At the Barn
My fondest memory of Adrienne was thinking about the very first time I met her. Adrienne was a bold and fearless woman; in a beautiful and kind way. We lived in the same community in Naples, Florida yet didn’t know one another. One day as I was walking my dog through the neighborhood, Adrienne drove past me in her cute little Mercedes convertible with the top down. She screeched to a halt and backed up to greet me. She asked (with great exuberance), “Are you Terry Manley?” Not knowing what was coming next, I sheepishly said, “Yes.” She then exclaimed to me, “You must come to my barn!” (with the emphasis on “must”) She was speaking of Ginni’s barn, where she boarded her beloved horse, Adonis. Not having ever met me, she had heard I also loved horses. That is all Adrienne needed to hear – love and horses in the same sentence! She made it a point to seek me out, take me under her wing and what followed would be a wonderful friendship with an amazing woman.
That moment was a pivotal point in my life; so much good was about to unfold in my life; I had no idea! Looking back over the past five or six years, the blessings that would fill my life are many. One of them, being reconnected with horses after twenty some odd years. Horses were always my passion but somehow life got in the way, and after a futile attempt to pick up the game of golf, I began to search for something to fill my empty time. I had considered riding again but thought maybe I was too old. Adrienne cured me of that. Her outlook on life was vibrant, energetic, and passionate. The word “quit” was not in her vocabulary.
I began to lease one of Ginni’s horses in “Adrienne’s” barn, and we soon became riding buddies. Adrienne loved to ride the endless trails and not only was she an amazing trailblazer, it seemed she knew every species of plant life in the forest. I still ride the trails and observe all the beauty Adrienne did. She’d tirelessly tell us how much she loved the ferns, the cypress trees when they began to bud, the smell of different areas of the forest. She heightened everyone’s sense of appreciation for the beauty that surrounded us.
The best thing to come from knowing Adrienne, besides Adrienne? My sweet little Paint, America. Had I not agreed to go with her to “her” barn, I would have never found him. He brings a fullness to my life that I can’t explain. But if you are a horse lover, you know what I mean!
Adrienne loved her horse Adonis dearly. Observing their relationship, their love for one another was breathtaking. Adonis would follow her around like a puppy. He adored her as much as she adored him. What a picture they were together. What a love story. And to see that selfless love demonstrated not only for her horse but also for her husband Bud was amazing. I’ve known people who went to the barn to get away from their spouse, not Adrienne. She always made sure she was home to be with Bud for lunch, unless of course the girls from the barn were getting together for lunch after a ride. I never knew her to say an unkind, gossiping, complaining word about anything or anyone. She set an example for me that made an everlasting impression. Adrienne, in her own little way taught me how to be a better friend, a better wife, and a better person. I’ve never met someone so caring and devoted. Nine times out of ten, she’d be the one to reach out and organize a lunch or a dinner. I’d always be “thinking” about it, she’d be “doing” it.
What a wonderful, full life Adrienne had. It may have been cut short, but she lived life to the fullest. She did more, loved more, thought more, and helped more, than most people could do in two lifetimes. I was and still am in awe of her. She set the bar high for all of us. I am blessed to have been her friend and I will miss her terribly. The only consolation for me is having those amazing trails to ride, where everyday I can look at the forest through Adrienne’s eyes. Miss you buddy.
Love, Terry Manley
Adrienne was watching her beloved Adonis at Camp Rusk. She looked at the owner and said "one day you are going to pass on and we need to make sure this life for horses continues" From that point a discussion ensued and the Foundation was created.
Adrienne saw situations clearly and wanted the best for all around her. A relentlessly active woman, she passed unexpected during a minor operation for an injury sustained in her wide variety of activities
We wanted to provide a bit about her to inspire young ladies of all ages to always expand life for others.
The secret to Adrienne was her remarkable intellect that she utilized with a loving personality. She could pick up a conversation where she left no matter the years spacing the end of one and the start of another.
Few can match her intellect. We can all match the boundless love she shared with all.
(who do you think won?)
I have no pictures that I can share of Adrienne that you can see. I can share with you a picture, or image I have of her in my mind. Those of us who new her at the stable I'm sure have the same picture...Adrienne sitting peacefully in the shade on her little "carry seat" hand grazing her equine friends. Adonis, Rosie. Mutual happiness, and friendship shared. That's it. The complete package we as horse lovers all share.
I met Adrienne on one of the group trail rides. I was immediately taken in by her kindness, extending herself to help out "the new person" feel comfortable and welcome. That gravitational pull towards her and Adonis continued between my horse Saki and myself when ever we went out on the group rides. Always that kindness and genuine purpose of including us was my first encounter with Adrienne. However, we later found out that our mutual love of horses was not the only encounter we would share.
I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and at that time, had no idea that Adrienne was a12 year ovarian cancer survivor. Her qualities I experienced on those trail rides appeared again taking me into her circle of kindness, sharing her experiences with this disease and always offering support including any piece of information that could be of help in understanding this cancer. She was my role model, the caring person who popped in every couple of months in an email wondering how I was doing, asking what treatment was I on or not and, most importantly in that exchange was, "how's your blood work and your ca125?" Adrienne was directly responsible for directing me to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Research Hospital and Dr. Sabitini's team of Gynecologists who have given me hope that maybe some day I will be a 12 year survivor just like my mentor, and lover of horses, Adrienne.
I will miss my pop up emails from her. She cared. Genuinely cared.
Adonis loved Adrienne. They knew each other as only the best of friends could. When she had cancer, Adonis would sit down with her and wrap his neck around her whether she was string or standing until she felt better.
I knew and rode with Adrienne at Triple V Ranch while I was there for two years. I knew her through the last days of Adonis ( just before she retired him) and through the several horses that she subsequently loved but were “just not Adonis” I knew Rosie, the pony who was so dear to her heart. I have a small Quarter horse, Hardy, and Adrienne, Rosie, and we rode out a bit of the time that I was at Triple V. Adrienne and I continued to e-mail each other and see each other for lunch with the ladies through the months. I was stunned when I heard of her passing. I will always remember her fondly and as another barn buddy......
I will always remember Adrienne's energetic way of living. I shared her love of horses and was so impressed by her dedication to her horses. She will be greatly missed!
Our sympathies are with you and your family. Adrienne was quite the woman, she loved Adonis as I love Jenks.
Adonis and Bud
Bud, Adrienne's husband, had only one man to compete with in Adrienne’s life.. Adonis.
Bud got a kiss Morning, Lunch, and every night.
Afternoons belonged to Adonis
As with all of those Adrienne spent time with, Adonis got Adrienne’s undivided attention.
The clearest picture you can have of how much Adonis was a part of Adrienne was their “mind meld”.
Adonis would lower his head and press his forehead against hers. They would both disappear from the world and fall asleep standing forehead to forehead.