Everett Nordstrom

Everett W. Nordstrom (January 13, 1903 – July 1, 1972) was an American businessman and former chairman and CEO of Nordstrom, the department store chain founded by his father, John W. Nordstrom.

Everett Nordstrom
BornJanuary 13, 1903
DiedJuly 1, 1972 (aged 69)
Alma materUniversity of Washington
Occupation(s)Chairman and CEO of Nordstrom
ChildrenBruce Nordstrom
Anne Gittinger
ParentJohn W. Nordstrom
RelativesElmer Nordstrom (brother)

Early lifeEdit

He was born on January 13, 1903,[1] the first son of John W. Nordstrom and Hilda Carlson. He graduated from the University of Washington in 1923.[2]


In 1928, John W. Nordstrom retired and sold his shares of Wallin & Nordstrom to his two eldest sons, Everett and Elmer. The following year Carl Wallin also retired and sold his shares to them. 1930 saw the company change its name to Nordstrom. In 1933, the third son Lloyd joined. They ran the business as co-presidents.[3][4]

The three brothers focused on good value and quality, coupled with customer service, and by the 1960s, had the largest independent shoe store chain in the US, and the largest store in the country in downtown Seattle.[3] In 1963, they bought Best Apparel, a Seattle-based women's clothing store, followed by a Portland, Oregon fashion retail store in 1966. They now offered shoes and clothing for all the family under the new name, Nordstrom Best.[3]

In 1968, all three brothers retired, allowing the next generation to take over - Everett's son, Bruce Nordstrom; Elmer's sons, James and John; Lloyd's son-in-law, Jack McMillan, along with family friend Bob Bender.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

Everett Nordstrom collapsed and died on July 1, 1972 while playing golf at the Seattle Golf Club.[5] He is buried at the Acacia Memorial Park.[6]


  1. ^ "Everett Nordstrom - Death Record". death-records. Retrieved October 12, 2015.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "The Keeper of the Nordstrom Way - Columns Magazine June 2010 - The University of Washington Alumni Magazine". www.washington.edu. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  3. ^ Mulady, Kathy (June 24, 2001). "100 Years of Nordstrom". SeattlePI. Retrieved October 12, 2015.
  4. ^ Robert Spector; Patrick D. McCarthy (2000). The Nordstrom Way: The Insider Story of America's #1 Customer Service Company. Wiley. p. 78. ISBN 978-0-471-35486-4. Retrieved October 12, 2015.
  5. ^ "Everett W Nordstrom". Find a Grave. Retrieved October 12, 2015.