I was one of many who didn’t have the fortune of meeting Blake but had quite a few instances over the years where we would pass each other while walking between the various Nordstrom corporate buildings. What I remember the most about those brief encounters was that he was always smiling. Not necessarily smiling at anyone or anything in particular… just genuinely smiling in his kind and gentle way. It was contagious, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who has experienced this; for a moment in your rush to the next meeting, you couldn’t help but realize that you, too, were smiling as a result.
Sending condolences to the entire Nordstrom family in this sad and difficult time. His presence is will be missed.