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College Station’s 6th Mayor Dies

By: KBTX Staff
By: KBTX Staff

COLLEGE STATION – The city’s sixth mayor has passed away. James B. “Dick” Hervey died Wednesday at the age of 93.

Hervey won a special election in 1971 and served until 1974. He is credited with playing a key role in the city’s rapid growth. College Station’s population more than doubled in the 1970’s, growing from 17,676 to more than 37,000 by 1980.

City’s major accomplishments during Hervey’s term
- Commissioned the city’s first comprehensive plan (1972)
- Adopted a hotel/motel tax (1973)
- Established College Station’s first aquatic facility, later named Adamson Municipal Pool (1974)
- Completed a 2 million gallon waste disposal plant.
- Approved property tax breaks for residents over the age of 65
- Installed traffic signals along Texas Avenue at University, Jersey and Walton
- Began using ballots with punch holes

“He really loved College Station,” said his son Bob. “He tried to put College Station on a path to solid growth and did all he could to serve the community. He was a doer, and he loved College Station, Texas A&M and his family.”

Hervey graduated from Texas A&M in 1942. He served as the third executive director of Texas A&M’s Association of Former Students from 1947 to 1964, and became president of University National Bank in 1966. He also served on the Bryan-College Station Chamber of Commerce and the A&M Consolidated School Board. Hervey received Texas A&M’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1988.

Hervey is survived by two sons, Bob and Dick. His wife, Nedra, passed away in 1987 and his oldest son, Scott, died in 2004.

Hervey recalls his 1971 election as part of an oral history project by the city in 2010:

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