R.I.P. - Tom Vandergriff

Tom Vandergriff, once known as Arlington's "boy mayor," died Thursday afternoon at Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth.

The former Arlington mayor and Tarrant County judge, who is widely credited with bringing the Texas Rangers baseball club, General Motors and Six Flags Over Texas to the area, died about 3 p.m., his son Victor Vandergriff said.

"We weren't expecting it today," Victor Vandergriff said in a phone interview. "We haven't had a watch on him. He just gave out."
Tom Vandergriff, 84, earned the nickname "boy mayor" in 1951 when he became the city's youngest mayor at age 25.

During his 26-year tenure as mayor, the longtime civic leader is credited with luring the Texas Rangers baseball team and the General Motors Assembly Plant to Arlington.

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