Murvin Lackey, former board chairman of Philabundance and resident of Newtown Square, died on Wednesday, June 26, 2019, at Pennsylvania Hospital after a long illness. He was 77.
Lackey joined the board of Philabundance in 2010. He served as vice chair of the hunger relief organization from 2012 to 2014 and chairman from 2014 to 2017.
“Murvin exemplified service and dedication to improving the human condition from the time he joined the Philabundance board in 2010,” said Executive Director Glenn Bergman.
“Murvin was instrumental in helping Philabundance expand our reach to underserved communities. Philabundance’s growth and successes over the years would not have been possible without Murvin’s dedication to ending hunger, both through fundraising and by using his professional experience to help Philabundance innovate and enhance its processes.”
Lackey had more than 30 years of professional experience in global procurement, materials management and logistics, holding key executive positions at Fortune 100 companies including GlaxoSmithKline, Amoco and Digital Equipment Corp. Prior to retiring in 2015, he held the position of senior adviser at PRWT Services Inc., one of the largest minority-owned firms in the U.S. At PRWT, he ensured integration between business development and operations.
Philadelphia Commerce Director Harold Epps worked for Lackey at Digital Equipment Corp. when Epps was in his mid-20s. Years later, Lackey would work for Epps as a consultant at PRWT.
“What I’m going to miss most about him is that he’s always had my back,” Epps said of his longtime friend, golfing partner and mentor.
“He’s always had a big heart, always wanted to help people and find ways to give back.”
Lackey was an Air Force veteran, having been stationed at the Pentagon and Andrews Air Force Base.
He earned his MBA from the University of Denver and graduated from the General Electric Management Development Program. He also completed executive programs at Insead University in France and the University of Cincinnati.
He was an avid golfer and previously belonged to the Ace Club in Lafayette Hill.
He is survived by: his wife, Donna Cochran; children, Michele of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Murvin of Birmingham, Alabama, and Myrna of Abilene, Texas; stepchildren, Kristi D’Amore (Paul) of Ridley Park and Stephen Cochran (Erin) of Garnet Valley; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters, Evelyn Nelson and Helen Williams, both of Lincoln Heights, Ohio; and many nieces and nephews.
Services were held July 2 at 11 a.m. at Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion, 2110 Chestnut St.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in his memory to Philabundance, 3616 Galloway St., Philadelphia, PA 19148.