James B. "Dick" Hervey ’42, a Distinguished Alumnus of Texas A&M University, died Feb. 19. He was 93.
Hervey, of Greenville, received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics in 1942. In 1947, he became the third Executive Secretary of The Association of Former Students, a position he held until 1964. Under his leadership, The Association implemented its
first computerized database, and established the Distinguished Alumnus Award and the Texas A&M Archives.
He was elected mayor of College Station in 1971 and was active in the development of College Station during the 1960s and '70s through his association with Community Savings and Loan.
He was awarded The Association of Former Students' highest honor, the Distinguished Alumnus Award, in 1988.
"I’ve had a great love for the university that gave me the education I got," he said. "And for this reason, I hope that my civic service in this community has in some way made our community a better place to live."
The Association of Former Students lower flags at the Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center to half-staff in honor of Hervey, whose leadership modernized The Association and ensured it would remain the premier alumni organization.