A Real estate education pioneer has died. Bert Rodgers, who launched a pioneering real estate education school in 1958 from his living room, died last week at the age of 88. The Bert Rodgers Schools of Real Estate, which relocated to Sarasota in 1992, counted more than 1 million students enrolled in its classes over the years.

Rodgers started in real estate in the mid– 1950s in Lakeland with a real estate brokerage specializing in citrus groves and cattle ranches. He became known as Mr. Real Estate, and his school grew to more than 40 locations in Florida, ranking as the largest in the state and third largest nationally by the mid– 1970s. An avid fisherman, Rodgers moved the school to Sarasota so he could live on the water. His ashes will be scattered on the  outgoing tide at Red Fish Pass at a family celebration.