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Remembering Tom Vandergriff (1926-2010)

Wendell Nedderman, Myrna Pickard, and Tom VandergriffOne of Tom Vandergriff's most cherished achievements was his lobbying effort to transform Arlington State College into The University of Texas at Arlington, now a comprehensive research university with nearly 33,000 students. The longtime Arlington mayor and Tarrant County Judge died Dec. 30, 2010, at age 84.  In this 1982 photo, Mr. Vandergriff (right) is shown with UT Arlington President Wendell Nedderman and Nursing Dean Myrna Pickard at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Nursing Building.  A public memorial service was held on Friday, January 7, 2001 in Texas Hall on the UT Arlington campus.