Mr. Nordstrom, part of the fourth generation to lead his family’s namesake retail company, died in Seattle on Jan. 2 after a battle with lymphoma.

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A community celebration of the life of Blake Nordstrom will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at Alaska Airlines Arena on the University of Washington campus.

Mr. Nordstrom, part of the fourth generation to lead his family’s namesake retail company, died in Seattle on Jan. 2 after a battle with lymphoma.

The 58-year-old Seattle native, who shared management duties with his two brothers, Pete and Erik, was known for his philanthropy, his innovative business ideas and a management style that made employees feel like family members.

Born Oct. 4, 1960, Blake Nordstrom was still in grade school when he started work as a stock boy in the family business, and was just 39 when he was named company president, in 2000. His brothers joined him as co-presidents in 2015.

The arena, formerly known as Hec Edmundson Pavilion, is a fitting venue for a celebration of Mr. Nordstrom, a 1982 University of Washington graduate who rowed on the school’s crew team.

The celebration is open to the public. Doors open at 1 p.m. Space is limited. Additional information on remembrance opportunities and the event are here »

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