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RUTLEDGE, LORENZO C. (1909–2000). Lorenzo C. (L. C., Rink) Rutledge, public housing administrator and civic leader, was born at Hempstead, Texas, on December 21, 1909, the son of Sam A. and Catherine C. (Warren) Rutledge. He was educated in Bishop, Texas, to which the family had moved around 1911. He was the younger brother of Paul Lawrence Rutledge, Sr.

In 1930 Lorenzo was invited to Houston by another brother, Samuel Louis Rutledge, to attend high school. Lorenzo graduated from Phyllis Wheatley High School in 1931. Rutledge majored in agriculture at Prairie View State Normal and Industrial College (now Prairie View A&M University) and received his B.S. degree in 1936. He taught agriculture in various parts of East Texas, including Marshall, and served as county extension agent for Angelina County at Lufkin. He married Bennie P. Smith (1910–1997) of Harrison Switch Community in McLennan County on November 6, 1936. They had two children.

Lorenzo and his family moved to San Antonio in 1945, and for a time he worked as a Pullman porter. From 1951 to 1969 he worked as a public housing manager in the San Antonio area. In 1975 Lorenzo became the first former Housing Authority employee to be appointed as a housing commissioner in the city of San Antonio. He served as the commission's vice chair from 1977 to 1990.

In January 1981 an apartment complex located on the northeast side of San Antonio at 11301 Roszell Drive was dedicated in his honor. This complex, the L. C. Rutledge Apartments, is composed of 66 family units. Rutledge was an active member of Mount Zion First Baptist Church and an ordained deacon. He was a Mason and a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. He died on December 25, 2000, at San Antonio. He was preceded in death by his wife and son.


San Antonio Express-News, December 28, 2000. San Antonio Light, January 11, 1981. San Antonio Monthly, May 1987.

Gladys Rutledge Edwards

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