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Physician, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and leader in Philadelphia’s black community Walter P. Lomax Jr  died on Thursday, Oct. 10th from complications  after a stroke at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. His daughter Sara Lomax-Reese, who is the president and general manager of WURD Radio released the following statement:

“It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Dr. Walter Lomax,” the statement said. “A loving husband and father, he transitioned this morning at 8:30 a.m. after a brief but debilitating illness.”

Thursday night’s event at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, which was to have marked the 10th anniversary of the radio station, was quickly refocused to honor Dr. Lomax.

“The timing of Dr. Lomax’s passing on the 10-year anniversary of 900-AM WURD, the voice of the black community in Philadelphia, is particularly tragic,” City Council President Darrell L. Clarke said Thursday.

“Like so many, I was looking forward to helping the WURD family celebrate this important milestone. Instead, I join Dr. Lomax’s wife, children, and all who knew and were inspired by him in mourning.”

Funeral arrangements have not been released at this time, but we will keep you updated when the proper information is public.

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