October 10, 2013

Walter P. Lomax, prominent physician, businessman, and Founder of 900 AM WURD Has Died

Dr. Lomax passes away on the day the station celebrates ten years of service to the community...

"At the family's request, [the] 10th Anniversary Celebration at the African American Museum in Philadelphia will take place as planned. We will enthusiastically celebrate not only WURDs' 10th anniversary milestone, but also Dr. Lomax's amazing life and legacy."

From 900AMWURD.com- WURD family and friends, it is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Walter P. Lomax, Jr., M.D.  Dr. Lomax, a loving husband and father, transitioned this morning at 8:30 a.m. after a brief but debilitating illness.

Dr. Lomax (center) at a recent station
community forum event
As you know, Dr. Lomax and his wife Beverly purchased 900AM-WURD 10 years ago to ensure that Philadelphia would remain a powerful voice in the living history of conscious Black radio. We have spent 2013 honoring the station’s many contributions and accomplishments, and at the family’s request, tonight’s 10th Anniversary Celebration at the African American Museum in Philadelphia will take place as planned. Tonight will enthusiastically celebrate not only WURD’s 10th anniversary milestone, but also Dr. Lomax’s amazing life and legacy.

At this time, plans for a funeral and memorial service for Dr. Lomax have not been finalized, so we ask for your patience with those details. That information will be shared as soon as it is available.

Dr. Lomax is so loved by so many. We ask that everyone celebrate his legacy and remember him fondly for the extraordinary person he was. Mrs. Lomax  and the entire Lomax family appreciate the condolences and outpouring of sympathy from the community.

-The announcement came from his daughter, Sara Lomax-Reese, president and general manager of WURD radio, which Dr. Lomax purchased in 1993 to give an ongoing voice to black living history and culture.

Read an in-depth obituary at Philly.com

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