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Harry Lambert, retired Eckerd president, passes away after battle with Parkinson's

WAYNESVILLE, N.C. — Retired Eckerd president Harry Lambert, age 79, died on Wednesday, Feb. 06, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.

"Harry had a long and distinguished career as a leader of Eckerd Drug and the industry," commented the National Association of Chain Drug Store's president and CEO Steve Anderson and SVP programs and member services Jim Whitman in a joint statement. "He was instrumental to the growth of Eckerd Drug and the creation of large national drug store chains. He also helped Eckerd become a leader in one-hour photo finishing [and] was among the first to recognize the synergies between the pharmacy and the rest of the store.”

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Suzanne Ronsheim Lambert; children, William Albert Lambert, daughter-in-law Jan Lambert, Pamela Ann Rilling, son-in-law Robin Rilling, Laurie Ann Stokes and son-in-law Thomas Stokes; grandchildren, Nicholas Walker, Kelsey Walker, Sarah Lambert, Samuel Lambert, Jonathan Stokes and Abigail Stokes.

Lambert had retired from Eckerd in 1993. He was a prominent leader in his community, was honored as a Significant Sigma Chi, and received the Carl H. Lindner Award for outstanding business achievement. 

A memorial visitation will be held at noon on Saturday, Feb. 9, at Wells Funeral Home here.

According to the obituary filed by Wells, doonations in memory of his name may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. Sign into the guestbook on the site here

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