Robert J. Strudler, 64; board chairman of home builder Lennar

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Robert J. Strudler, 64, chairman of the board at Lennar Corp., one of the nation's largest home builders, died Tuesday in Houston, the company said in a statement. A cause of death was not released, and a successor was not immediately named.

Strudler had been Lennar's chairman since December 2004, after serving four years as the Miami-based company's vice chairman and chief operating officer.

Before joining Lennar, he was chairman and co-chief executive officer of U.S. Homes Corp., which Lennar acquired in May 2000.

He was in private legal practice in New York before joining U.S. Homes in 1971.

Strudler was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and earned a bachelor's degree from Cornell University and a law degree from Columbia.

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