2010 Lambda Alpha Lifetwime Achievement Award Winner, Rusty Bloodworth
2010 Lambda Alpha Lifetime Achievement Award Winner
- Russell E. Bloodworth, Jr. -
Rusty got off to a terrific start in Memphis, where he was raised
by loving parents, Elizabeth and Russell, Sr.
Even at an early age,
Rusty had a penchant for
and land planning.
As you can imagine,
Rusty was a rather
Here we see Rusty hitting the local Cotton Carnival party
circuit as he escorts a young southern belle.
Here are young Kem Wilson and Rusty cooking up trouble at
summer camp. Little did they know they would continue their
collaboration on projects such as Schilling Farms.
Frank Crump, a past president of Lambda Alpha, has
provided great counsel to Rusty over the years.
Here’s a tidbit I bet you didn’t know
about Rusty. At MUS he was named:
est All Around
Editor of the Literary Magazine
Editor of the Yearbook
Associate Editor of the school paper
In ninth grade, Rusty enrolled at
Memphis University School, an
institution with which he would develop a
life-long loyalty. In addition to Wilson
Barton, it was at MUS that Rusty met a
whole cast of characters with whom he
would eventually work side by side for
many years at Boyle Investment Company:
Henry Morgan, Joel Fulmer, Cary
Whitehead and myself just to name a few.
It was also at MUS that Rusty honed his infamous people skills.
Here we see Rusty practicing the fine art of persuasion.
In 1968, Rusty received his undergraduate degree in architecture
from the University of Virginia.
After college graduation, Rusty studied
housing patterns in Europe as a Fellow
of the American-Scandinavian
From 1972 to 1973, he worked on housing analysis in Yale’s
Environmental Design Program.
Rusty proudly served his country as a lieutenant in the
U.S. Marine Corps.
Unfortunately, Rusty’s attempt to subsidize his real estate income
has been a total failure.
In the late 1960s, Rusty walked into
the offices of Boyle Investment
Company and asked for a job.
Bayard Boyle, Sr. was willing to take a chance on Rusty, who has
been with Boyle ever since.
Rusty’s first project at Boyle was a residential neighborhood in Whitehaven
called The Birches, which has nicely withstood the test of time.
Rusty has risked life and limb while working on many of Boyle
projects. During development of Ridgeway Center and River Oaks,
Rusty nearly sacrificed his body by standing in front of a bulldozer to
save a stately old oak tree.
For this brave feat Rusty was
featured as a
“Tree Fanatic in Memphis”
by Southern Living Magazine.
In surveying the land at Boyle’s Spring Creek Ranch community, Rusty
was chased by one of Dr. David Meyer’s infamous bulls while out
roaming the property one day.
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Rusty has never let these incidents slow him down and he’s gone on
to develop an impressive portfolio of upscale projects.
These include River Oaks, Green Shadows, Blue Heron, The Cloisters, The Neighborhood
at Schilling Farms, and Chartwell of River Oaks. Rusty attributes the success of Boyle’s
residential projects to the legacy of Bayard Boyle, Sr.
Rusty also devoted much
of his career working
Bayard Boyle and Henry
Morgan to plan and
develop large, complex
mixed-use projects such
as Ridgeway Center,
which was launched in
the early 1970s.
In the early 1990s, Rusty worked with the Boyle family to develop Humphreys Center,
now a bustling office, retail and medical center in the heart of East Memphis.
The 400-plus-acre Schilling Farms community in Collierville is another large
mixed-use project that Rusty developed along with Boyle’s joint venture
partner, Harry Smith.
Rusty worked with Boyle’s Nashville office to create a world-class mixed-use
community in Franklin called Meridian Cool Springs.
Situated on 65 acres, Meridian offers 700,000 square feet of office space and
more than 70,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, including two hotels.
Rusty has received extensive coverage in the press
for his involvement in many of Boyle’s projects
including Schilling Farms…….
Rusty and Fran were featured in Memphis Magazine.
In addition, Rusty serves on the
boards of many community
organizations and has
contributed countless hours of
pro bono work in the Memphis
area. He was instrumental in
starting the Urban Land
Institute/Memphis District and
the Memphis Regional Design
Center, working with both John
Dudas and Frank Ricks, and he
currently serves as Chairman of
In 2009, he was inducted into the Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame
by the Memphis Area Association of Realtors.
-Memphis Developers - -Recording Studio Donated to MUS- -Boyle’s MUS Alumni-
He serves on the Board of Trustees of Memphis University School.
Founding Member, Urban Land Institute/Memphis
Knight Fellows Program, University of Miami
Board Member, Memphis Regional Design Center
Memphis Board of Realtors Environmental Committee (1991)
ULI Large Scale Development Council (1985-1997)
Memphis Board of Realtors “Associate Man of the Year Award” (1985)
Memphis Board of Realtors Planning and Zoning Chairman (1982-1984)
Board of Directors, Memphis Botanic Gardens
Board of Trustees, Presbyterian Day School
Board of Trustees, Hutchison School
Board of Directors, Anderson Tully Company
Board of Directors, Financial Federal Savings & Loan Bank
Board of Directors, Boyle Investment Company
Chairman, Collierville Town Square Committee, Collierville Chamber of
Commissioner, City Beautiful
Chairman of Paint the Town Red, City Beautiful
So with this list of impressive accomplishments, we think it is only fitting
to present Rusty with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
2010 Lambda Alpha Lifetime
Achievement Award Winner
Russell E. Bloodworth, Jr.