Blake Nord­strom Cel­e­bra­tion Planned For Satur­day

WWD Digital Daily - - News - BY EVAN CLARK

Friends, fam­ily and co­work­ers will gather Satur­day to re­mem­ber Blake Nord­strom, co-pres­i­dent of Nord­strom, who died un­ex­pect­edly last week at the age of 58.

The com­pany said a pub­lic cel­e­bra­tion would be held at the Alaska Air­lines Arena in Seat­tle at 2 p.m.

The Nord­strom fam­ily di­rected peo­ple want­ing to make do­na­tions in his mem­ory to­ward Univer­sity of Wash­ing­ton Row­ing or United Way of King County, re­flect­ing two of his per­sonal pas­sions.

While Nord­strom is most re­mem­bered in re­tail cir­cles as a leader of Nord­strom Inc. along with his two brothers, co-pres­i­dents Erik and Pete, he had deep roots in the Seat­tle area.

Born in the city, Nord­strom grew up on nearby Mercer Is­land and at­tended Mercer Is­land High School and the Univer­sity of Wash­ing­ton. In col­lege, Nord­strom rowed on the Husky Crew team, like his fa­ther, Bruce, and his grand­fa­ther.

Nord­strom also served on the board of the Down­town Seat­tle As­so­ci­a­tion and, along with his wife, Molly, chaired gift cam­paigns for the United Way.

An obit­u­ary pre­pared by the com­pany noted, “When he wasn’t work­ing, fundrais­ing, or cheer­ing on the Huskies, Blake loved spend­ing time with Molly and his chil­dren, Andy and Alex, es­pe­cially out on the water.”

Nord­strom joined the re­tailer founded by his great-grand­fa­ther, John W. Nord­strom, in the early Seven­ties and moved from sweep­ing floors in the stock­room to sell­ing in the down­town Seat­tle store and ul­ti­mately to the ex­ec­u­tive suite.

From 2000 to 2015 he served as pres­i­dent and then started shar­ing the role with his brothers.

The obit­u­ary noted that although “serv­ing as co-pres­i­dent with his brothers Pete and Erik was an un­con­ven­tional cor­po­rate struc­ture, it worked well.

They di­vided re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, made big de­ci­sions to­gether and pushed the com­pany to adapt and com­pete in the age of e-com­merce.”

Pete and Erik said in a note to em­ploy­ees: “Blake was the best big brother, friend and men­tor any­one could ever ask for. One of the things that brings us some com­fort is that Blake’s val­ues, char­ac­ter and pas­sion can still be re­flected in what this com­pany does — how we treat each other, our cus­tomers and our com­mu­ni­ties. Build­ing on that is the best way we can think of to honor his legacy.”

The late re­tail ex­ec­u­tive will be re­mem­bered in an af­ter­noon event in Seat­tle.

The ex­clu­sive belt bag byDior for Nord­strom.

Blake Nord­strom

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