Mel Herrin, 79, a leader in the packaging industry, died on July 15 of complications from lung cancer.
He lived in Sarasota, Fla., and Philadelphia, after many years in Rydal, Pa.
“Murph” Herrin entered the packaging industry with his father in the 1950s after graduating from Temple University as the first college graduate in his family. Upon his father’s early death, Herrin took over the small business at age 24 in order to support his family.
In the late 1970s, Herrin started another packaging company, Klearfold, Inc. Herrin owned a number of U.S. and foreign patents that were utilized at the company’s factories in Pennsylvania and Virginia and licensed to international companies in the industry.
He also was a mentor to a number of younger executives in the industry.
Herrin was a board member of the Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life in Horsham Township, Pa., and a founding member of the Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla.
Herrin is survived by his wife of 58 years, the former Melva Fogel; a daughter, Dena Herrin; a son, Scott; a brother, Lenny; and five grandchildren.
Donations may be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society or Congregation Rodeph Shalom in Philadelphia.