Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Other Deaths

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Other Deaths

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Mary Anderson, woman whohelped launch retailer

Mary Anderson, a climbing enthusiast who helped start the outdoor retailer REI that has become the nation's largest consumer-owned retail cooperative, has died at 107.

REI said she died March 27, the Seattle Times reported Tuesday.

Ms. Anderson and her husband, Lloyd, along with 21 other mountaineering friends, started the consumer cooperative in 1938 out of a desire to find high-quality, affordable climbing gear in the U.S. By forming a co-op, they were able to buy outdoor gear in bulk from Europe and other places.

REI, headquartered south of Seattle, has grown to about 6.3 million members, more than 140 retail stores and about 12,000 employees.

Ms. Anderson's "legacy is deeply engrained in REI and her contributions to the outdoor community extend far beyond the co-op," the company said in a statement. …

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