The June 2010 issue of Columns magazine is on its way, and we are proud to announce Bruce Nordstrom as the Alumnus Summa Laude Dignatus, the highest honor bestowed on any graduate by the University of Washington. Keep reading for an except from Bruce’s excellent profile.
Also in this issue, meet the UW’s Distinguished Teaching Award winners, hang on every word as I recount the story of future Afghan lawyers who survive a suicide bomber, and be amazed by the UW team that’s bringing smart phone technology to the health-care crises of developing countries.
From The Keeper of the Nordstrom Way, by Jeff Bond:
Bruce Nordstrom remembers his first job with the family business as if were yesterday. He was 9 years old, World War II had just begun and Nordstrom was working in the stockroom at one of the retailer’s two shoe stores for 25 cents an hour. “In those days, that wasn’t bad money,” Nordstrom remembers.
The young entrepreneur’s pride was soon wounded when he overheard secretaries mentioning that his father, Everett, ’23, had pad Bruce’s $7 weekly salary out of his own pocket, maintaining that his son “wasn’t worth 25 cents an hour.”
Nordstrom, who graduated from the University of Washington in 1955 with a bachelor’s degree in economics, has never forgotten the incident. But there is no doubt he proved his worth to the family clan, becoming a key figure in transforming a regional shoe chain into one of the most successful and respected specialty fashion retailers in the nation.
To read the rest of the story, visit the Columns site.