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On May 27, 1936, James Blakely Lockhart (pictured) was born in New York City.
His family relocated to South Carolina, where he attended primary school, before relocating to North Carolina, where he attended Palmer Memorial Institute and graduated in 1954. Lockhart attended Boston University after high school and graduated with a B.S. in business administration in 1957.
After graduation, he stayed at the institution and earned his J.D. in 1959.
Lockhart served in the United States Army after getting his legal field degree, rising to the rank of captain and serving as a judge advocate. Lockhart went to work for the Treasury Department as an attorney in the office of the general counsel after being discharged in 1963. He stayed there until 1965. He relocated to Chicago later that year.
As an associate corporation attorney for the City of Chicago, Lockhart was involved in civic-minded work.
He became a partner at Rivers, Lockhart, Clayter & Lawrence in 1967 and remained there until 1971. After that, he worked at Budget Rent A Car as a senior vice president. When Transamerica Corporation bought Budget in 1979, Lockhart was elevated to vice president of public relations at Transamerica.
He worked there until 1998 when he retired. Throughout his career, Lockhart has won various honors and has been active in a variety of organizations around the nation. He is a founder and previous chair of the City Club of San Francisco, as well as a past chair of the Bay Area Urban League.
In 2004, he was head of the Sigma Pi Phi fraternity’s social action committee and vice chair of the Boule Foundation.