Herb Lotman, Founder of Keystone Foods, Dies at 80 from Heart Failure
Iconic Entrepreneur from Philadelphia Leaves a Legacy of Success, Innovation
and Selfless Giving
PHILADELPHIA, Pa., May 9, 2014
PHILADELPHIA, Pa., May 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Herb Lotman, 80, husband,
father, successful entrepreneur, and philanthropist, died Thursday, May 8,
2014 from complications of heart failure. Mr. Lotman was the founder of
Keystone Foods, supplier of McDonald's burger patties, poultry and
fish.Today, Keystone Foods is one of the world's largest food companies.
A Philadelphia native, Herb Lotman began his career in the food industry with
his family's wholesale beef business. In the late 1960's Mr. Lotman and his
partners pioneered cryogenics for McDonald's and developed a mass-production
system for the manufacture of frozen hamburgers. By the late 60's the company
was selling its new and innovative product to the Golden Arches. Keystone
Foods developed and provided the first total distribution concept in the
McDonald's system, enabling restaurant owners to save time and focus on
customer service. They were also instrumental in helping develop the Chicken
McNugget in the1980's. Lotman built the company over 40 years from scratchto
one that was generating more than $5 billion in sales annually. Keystone
opened operations in over 15 countries around the world and was rated 45 on
Forbes' list of America's Largest Private Companies in 2010.
Six years ago Mr. Lotman retired from Keystone Foods to spend his time working
tirelessly for the causes he believed in most. He was never too busy to
advise or help young entrepreneurs, and there were many that came to him for
guidance over the years. He was an active member of the board and shared his
management expertise with several charitable organizations including the
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (where he served as Chairman for
15 years), The Children's Cancer Research Foundation, The International Board
of the Ronald McDonald's House Charities, and most recently with revival of
the Prince Music Theater in Philadelphia.
Mr. Lotman also co-founded the McDonald's LPGA Championship, a major women's
professional golf association tournament, which directly benefited Ronald
McDonald House Charities. This event raised more $48 million for the RMHC in
the 29 years since its inauguration, making it the largest single fundraiser
in all of golf. He also served on the International Board of the Ronald
McDonald's House Charities, which supports initiatives for the benefit and
well being of children worldwide.
Herb and his wife Karen established the Macula Vision Research Foundation,
which is dedicated to finding a cure and restoring the vision for people who
are affected by retinal and macula diseases. The foundation has provided
nearly $20 million to fund groundbreaking research projects conducted by the
worlds top scientists with the promise of helping millions of people affected
by visual impairment. The Macula Vision Research Foundation unique is unique
in that every dollar donated goes directly to find a cure, all administrative
and fundraising expenses are underwritten by the Karen and Herbert Lotman
Although he often said, "I'm just a butcher," it is clear that Mr. Lotman was
an inspiration to many generations. Countless people from all walks of life
benefited from his business sense and steadfast generosity. He was extremely
dedicated to his family and to giving back to the community.
Herb Lotman is survived by his wife Karen, and children Shelly Fisher & Jeff
Lotman and grandchildren Julia, Sam and & Joseph Fisher and Anna Sophia and
Gianna Lotman also survived by sister Marlene Weinberg.
Services will be held at Main Line Reform Temple on Monday the 12th of May at
1pm and the interment will strictly be for immediate family members only. The
family respectful requests that, in lieu of flowers, contributions in his
memory may be made to Macula Vision Research Foundation, 100 Front St., Suite
300 W. Conshohocken PA 19428.
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SOURCE Jeff Lotman
Contact: Dan Spelling, Spelling Communications, 310-838-4010,
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