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.
“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.