A 1964 graduate of nearby Cheltenham High School, Lockyer graduated from Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science in 1968 with a degree in Textile management and marketing. During his time at the University, he served as the President of the sailing club as well as a reporter for the Text, the school newspaper.
Professionally Lockyer is the Executive Director of the Thomas Wynne and Jericho Manor apartments as well as Merloc partners. He has been a member of the Philadelphia University Board of Trustees since 2002 and along with his wife Carol, have established a fully endowed scholarship for disadvantaged minorities which will begin being awarded in the fall of 2010.
Lockyer is also the first-ever recipient of Philadelphia University’s ‘Time, Talent and Treasure’ Award. It recognizes individuals who donate their expertise to make Philadelphia University a better place.
Lockyer holds the distinction of being the largest contributor of the University’s intercollegiate rowing program. He and Carol purchased and donated the first eight-person racing shell in 2007. They also made a leadership gift to the building of the Kanbar Student Center and the Gallagher Athletic, Recreation and Convocation Center in 2006. When asked about his philanthropy, Lockyer commented that he learned from his mother Betty Lockyer Merriam, class of 1942 from Chestnut Hill College, who “gave back even when she could not really afford to. It left a deep impression on me and I have tried to follow her example.”
In 2001, Bob decided to initiate and co-chair a golf outing to benefit the athletic program at Philadelphia University. Through his annual major sponsorship and group fundraising effort, over $120,000 (to date) has been donated to the Athletic Department. This fund supplements the traditional operating budgets and affords the student athletes additional opportunities.