The Gentleman Retailer: Blake Nordstrom, 58

Blake Nordstrom, an even-keeled voice for change in department store retailing and a key force behind the success of Nordstrom Inc., died Wednesday less than a month after being diagnosed with lymphoma.
He was 58.
Nordstrom led the company with his brothers, fellow copresidents Erik and Peter Nordstrom — the fourth generation of one of retail’s most prominent families, great-grandsons of the company’s founder J.W. Nordstrom, who opened a shoe store in 1901 that has been built into a department store empire with annual sales over $16 billion.
He is survived by his wife, Molly; his two brothers; his father, Bruce; his son and daughter, and other family members.
Nordstrom served as sole president of the company from 2000 to 2015, when he and his brothers all took on the mantle of president, underscoring the family dynamic that still drives the Wall Street power player.
“It is with deep sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of Blake Nordstrom,” a company spokeswoman said Wednesday. “Blake died in Seattle early this morning. Executive leadership of Nordstrom will continue under company copresidents Pete and Erik Nordstrom. We appreciate your respect for the privacy of the family during this difficult time.”
The company’s chairman Brad Smith said: “My heart

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