Columnist recalls contributions of Aggie landscape architect Gripon

Oak trees provide greenery and shade at an elementary school and along a farm-to-market road in League City, examples of the civic-mindedness of Lynn Gripon ’49, a former landscape architecture student at Texas A&M who died in 2000.

“He is responsible for every oak tree that is planted on the grounds of Ross Elementary as well as the oak trees that were in the median going west on FM 518,” said Chris John Mallios in a Feb. 5, 2102 Galveston Daily News column.

Mallios, a League City resident who writes occasional columns about his hometown’s history, said Gripon employed hundreds of individuals at Lynn’s Landscaping, which he founded in 1951, and positively affected the lives of many.

Gripon, said Mallios, was a personable and well-liked individual who was always trying to help improve the quality of life for League City’s residents.

“He enjoyed being with people, so I guess that it would be fitting that in the last line of his obituary it would say ‘friends are asked to bring soil from their yard to be placed on Lynn’s grave,’” said Mallios.

posted March 24, 2012