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James S. Vanderslice

Vanderslice, James S. Dallas real estate executive and beloved father and husband James S. Vanderslice died on the afternoon of November 17, 2013. He died at home, in peace, after a valiant battle with cancer. Jim was born in Dallas on January 13, 1948, to Christine and Jack Vanderslice. He grew up in Witchita Falls, Texas, where he graduated from Rider High School. He went on to attend college at Texas Christian University, and was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. Jim was a three-year football letterman at TCU, All American and served as the team's co-captain during his senior year. After graduating in 1970, he was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers and played linebacker for the National Football League team. He later went on to earn a Masters of Business Administration degree from Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif. Jim began a long and successful career in real estate after becoming a licensed broker in 1975; he also earned the Series 7 and 63 securities licenses. He most recently served as principal at CNL Commercial Real Estate. Prior to that, he spent seven years with Grubb & Ellis as senior vice president and leading real estate brokerage operations. He also served as vice chairman of Cushman & Wakefield and formed Vanderslice Realty Group. Throughout his career, he represented major companies in both domestic and international markets, and handled business in a way that earned him respect and admiration from both clients and colleagues alike. Jim was actively involved with a number of industry organizations, including the National Association of Realtors, The Real Estate Council (former board chair), and the North Texas Commercial Assocaition of Realtors. He also was involved with the Texas Christian University Alumni Association and a board member of the TCU Ex-Letterman's Association, and held board posts with the Dallas Opera and the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society. Jim was a certfied sailboat captain and loved to spend time out on the water, particularly enjoying sailing in the Carribean. He also was an avid fisherman, and enjoyed fishing and spending time at the family's home at Lake Ardmore. Above all else, though, Jim was a devoted husband and father who loved nothing more than being with his family, including his loving wife of 21 years, Deanann, and his adoring daughters, Logan Ann and Gillian Rist. After being diagnosed eight years ago with multiple myeloma, Jim defied life expectancy averages and fought the disease with both valor and grace. He recently expressed hope that his family and friends would not grieve. "I have had a great life in every way," he said. Along with his wife and daughters, Jim is survived by many neices and nephews. Jim is preceeded in death by his parents and his sister, Jacqueline Gray. Jim's life will be celebrated with a service at Highland Park United Methodist Church on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 3 p.m. A reception will immediately follow in the church's fellowship hall. A continuing educational trust is being established for his daughters.

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Published in Dallas Morning News from Nov. 19 to Nov. 24, 2013
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