James F. Nordstrom,56, the youngest of the family quartet...


March 14, 1996

James F. Nordstrom,56, the youngest of the family quartet that built a Seattle-based apparel chain into the nation's largest specialty fashion retailer, died of cancer Tuesday at his home in Bellevue, Wash. He retired last year as the company's co-chairman. Pat McCarthy, a 26-year Nordstrom employee and co-author of "The Nordstrom Way," published last year, said James Nordstrom, known to employees as "Mr. Jim," always was appreciative and gave employees the feeling they were valued. He, his brother John, his cousin Bruce and his cousin-in-law Jack McMillan were the third generation of the Nordstrom family to run the company. In 1968, they took over day-to-day operations of a $57.3 million business. Last year, sales reached $4.1 billion.

Krzysztof Kieslowski,54, an award-winning director, died of a heart attack Wednesday, prompting an outpouring of grief from the Polish film world over the loss of its brightest talent. Mr. Kieslowski, who suffered a serious heart attack last year that led him to take a break from filmmaking, won international recognition with his trilogy, "Blue," "White" and "Red," about contemporary moral dilemmas. "Red" brought him an Oscar nomination in 1995.

Pub Date: 3/14/96

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