Melvin Joseph Pilachowski, a financial consultant and software manufacturers' representative, died of a heart attack Wednesday while on a business trip to Richmond, Va. The Catonsville resident was 58.
One of his earliest jobs with Commercial Credit Corp. in Baltimore led to an interest in computers and the manufacture of software. The experience helped him develop a career in consulting for national companies including Nestle Corp., General Motors and Motorola. He traveled the world helping companies integrate new manufacturing technology into their systems.
"He bounced from technology to manufacturing to consulting," said his daughter, Laura P. Harris of Towson. "But he developed an interest in software early and was always most interested in technology."
Mr. Pilachowski was most recently employed as a project manager with Oracle Corp. In the last decade, he also published two technical books on accounting and purchasing.
Born and raised in Baltimore, he was a 1965 graduate of Edmondson High School, where he played lacrosse, football and basketball. While attending what was then Baltimore Junior College, he was an All-American lacrosse player. He continued playing the sport for several years with Carling's Lacrosse Club.
Mr. Pilachowski served in the National Guard for six years, and was a second lieutenant at his 1973 discharge.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Mark Roman Catholic Church, 7 Melvin Ave., Catonsville.
In addition to his daughter, he is survived by his wife, the former Lois Ann Windsor, whom he married in 1968; a brother, Martin G. Pilachowski of Towson; and two granddaughters.