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ROBERT BEALL "BUDDY" TUDOR Jr. Obituary
Prominent Louisiana businessman, ROBERT BEALL "BUDDY" TUDOR, JR., 74, died peacefully at his home on March 14, 2010, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. A lifelong resident of Pineville, Louisiana, Mr. Tudor was a contractor and real estate developer who grew his family's Tudor Construction Company and later Tudor Enterprises into multi-million dollar regional corporations. His success in professional life was complemented by his contributions to community and his commitment to his family. He was active in professional, civic, athletic, and religious circles, and was well known across the state and beyond.Mr. Tudor graduated from Bolton High School in Alexandria, Louisiana, where he played basketball and tennis, finishing as state runner up in men's singles in both his Junior and Senior years. As an engineering student at Louisiana State University, he lettered in Varsity Tennis four years (1954-1957), and was Captain of the Tennis Team in 1956 and 1957. He was a member of Sigma Tau Alpha National Civil Engineering Fraternity, Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Fraternity, Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership and Scholastic Fraternity, and Sigma Chi National Social Fraternity. His R.O. T.C. service at LSU was recognized with the Award for the Distinguished Military Graduate, and a Commission in the U.S. Army. He also received the Award for Outstanding Engineering Graduate.Following graduation, Mr. Tudor was a 2nd Lt. in Anti-aircraft artillery in the United States Army on active duty at Fort Bliss, in Texas, and at Fort Chaffee, in Arkansas. After his service in the U.S. Army, he returned to Alexandria in 1958 to join his father as the third generation at Tudor Construction Company. He was named managing partner in 1961. Under his dynamic leadership, Tudor Construction quickly expanded to become one of the few Louisiana construction companies to work statewide. Tudor Construction diversified both geographically and in types of construction, and completed numerous significant projects throughout the state and the South. Over the years, Tudor Construction established offices in Baton Rouge, Lafayette, and Hammond, Louisiana, as well as in Denver, Colorado, and Washington, D.C. This construction legacy continues as Tudor Inc, owned and operated by son John Tudor. Buddy further expanded the Tudor business interests by creating the development and property management company, Tudor Enterprises.Mr. Tudor's professional legacy is written in the skyline of Central Louisiana and the region. Numerous central Louisiana buildings developed or constructed by Tudor stand as tribute to his work. They include the Alexandria Mall, the Rapides Parish Coliseum, CLECO Headquarters, Calvary Baptist Church, Emmanuel Baptist Church, First Baptist Church, Pineville, First Methodist Church, Rapides Regional Women's and Children's Hospital, Tudor Hall and Guinn Auditorium at Louisiana College, The Grande Theatre, and the One Centre Court and Two Centre Court office complexes on Jackson Street in Alexandria. Downtown Alexandria properties in which Mr. Tudor had ownership or was the primary developer include The Hotel Bentley, Jackson Place, The Commercial Building, and The Diamond Grill restaurant.Throughout his life, Mr. Tudor was a committed and passionate member of the community he called home, and an active civic leader. He was a founding member of Central Cities Development Corporation, which focused on the redevelopment of downtown Alexandria. He was the first chairman of the Rapides Area Planning Commission (1970-74). He served as President of the Alexandria Rotary Club (1969-70), and on the boards of numerous civic organizations. His contributions included: The Alexandria- Pineville Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; Boy Scouts of America, Attakapas Council; Central Cities Development Board; City of Alexandria Downtown Development Committee; Council for a Better Louisiana, Council of Music and Performing Arts Vice Chairman; Louisiana Association of Business & Industry Executive Committee and Board of Directors; Louisiana College Board of Development; Louisiana Cultural Alliance Board of Directors; L.S.U. Foundation; Pineville City Planning Committee; and Y.M.C.A Board of Directors. He was also a driving force in the creation of the Cenla Advantage Partnership (CAP), and served as a board member since its founding.Activities and affiliations with professional and trade organizations included: Associated General Contractors (AGC), Central Louisiana Chapter President, ('68-'69 and '69-'70); and Louisiana AGC State Council - Board of Directors; Louisiana Construction Industry Legislative Council Advisory Board; and the Urban Land Institute.His dedication and performance were rewarded in a number of awards throughout his life. In 1970 he was named Outstanding Young Man of the Year, Central Louisiana and one of three Outstanding Young Men of the Year - State of Louisiana. He received the Louisiana Preservation Alliance Award for his work on the Hotel Bentley and the Diamond Grill. He also received the National Trust for Historic Preservation Honor Award for his preservation of The Hotel Bentley in 1986. He was awarded the Trustee's Distinguished Service Award by Louisiana College in 2007.Mr. Tudor was a dedicated father and stepfather who encouraged, challenged and supported his children's pursuits and dreams. His family and extended family were of prime importance to him. He was deeply proud of their accomplishments, and he was comforted by their presence in his final days. He was a great lover and an avid collector of music, and known as a great dancer. His nearly encyclopedic memory for people, places and sports statistics was well known. He also loved great food, especially that of his beloved state of Louisiana.Mr. Tudor had a quick wit and a great sense of humor. He was upbeat and forthright, traits that served him well during his 16-year battle with cancer. His tremendous energy and drive in all endeavors inspired others to follow suit in their own work and community engagement. His love of competition served him well in business as well as sports. His intensity, impatience for results, and expectations of quality helped him gain his reputation for excellence.People from throughout his life will remember his generosity of spirit and respect for others. From the scores of youngsters who made his residence their second home, to the athletic talents he identified and nurtured like a professional scout, to the tradesmen on his construction projects and fellow business executives, he was known as kind, fair, and courteous. He had a keen eye for talent, and relished connecting people with opportunity.He was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church, Pineville, where he served on the Board of Deacons, and taught Sunday School.Mr. Tudor was born May 18, 1935 in Pineville, Louisiana to Lorraine Price and Robert B. Tudor, Sr., who preceded him in death.He is survived by his devoted wife, Patsy Graham Tudor, of Pineville, his five children, Anne Elizabeth (Lisa) Tudor of New Orleans; Robert B. Tudor, III and wife Phoebe of Houston, Texas; John M. Tudor and wife Kheli of Alexandria; William A. Tudor and wife Monique of Pineville; and Geoffrey T. Tudor of Austin, Texas. He is also survived by three beloved stepchildren, Michelle Jennings and husband Nathan of Fort Hood, Texas; Justin Hathorn and wife Ali of Monroe; and Holly Hathorn and her fiancé Brandon Malone of Pineville.He is also survived by nineteen grandchildren: Jacob and Chloe Stoller of New Orleans, Louisiana; Caroline, Margaret, and Harry Tudor of Houston, Texas; Jennifer Tudor O'Hara of Montgomery, Alabama; Simon and Ryann Tudor of Alexandria, Louisiana; Elise, William, Virginia, Trevor, Belle, Seth, and Evangeline Tudor of Pineville, Louisiana; Olivia and Philip Tudor of Austin, Texas; great-granddaughter Addison O'Hara, of Montgomery, Alabama; their grandmother and great-grandmother, Jane Ann Tudor Welch of Santa Fe, New Mexico; grandchildren Bryan and Connor Jennings of Fort Hood, Texas; and by his sister, Sue Tudor Miller and brother, Michael S. Tudor and wife Susan, all of Pineville, Louisiana.


Services for Mr. Tudor will be at First Baptist Church, Pineville at 1pm on March 17, 2010. Visitation will be at Hixson Brothers Funeral Home, Alexandria, on March 16 from 3pm until 9pm, and at the church one hour before the service. Officiating at the service will be Dr. Stewart Holloway, Pastor, assisted by Rev. David Luckett of St. Andrews By-the-Sea, Destin, Florida. Interment will follow the service in Greenwood Cemetery, Pineville, Louisiana.


Pallbearers will be Robert Hart, Joseph Kavanaugh, William B. Owens, Richard Preis, Gary Ryder, J. Michael Small, Victor Sooter and Darrel Van Willett. Honorary pallbearers will be Earl Girlinghouse, Dr. James Pate, Everitt Rogers, Pat Serret, Blake Chatelain and Dennis Dunn.


The family wishes to thank Dr. Wadih Arap and Dr. Valarie Lewis at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, as well as Dr. Ulla Ule at St. Frances Cabrini Hospital and are deeply grateful to Buddy's loyal Tudor Construction family, both past and present, for their support.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to The Robert B. "Buddy" Tudor Jr. Scholarship Fund at Louisiana State University, care of Red River Bank, Attention: Blake Chatelain, P.O.Box 12550, Alexandria, LA, 71315.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Mar. 17, 2010
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