Bryan Pearce, longtime University Book Store in Seattle CEO, died on April 20 from cancer. He was 55. Pearce had announced his retirement after 22 years with the bookstore earlier this year. “[My condition] has taken a toll on me physically and often disrupted my ability to serve the bookstore at the level I believe it, our customers, and, most importantly, our trust beneficiaries deserve,” Pearce wrote in an e-mail to UW.
In UW’s The Daily, current CEO Louise Little praised Pearce’s contribution to the college. “Bryan was passionate about the students and the UW community, and I think what he leaves behind is just an incredible drive and passion for what he did, which was to make sure that the bookstore offered the students, faculty, and staff . . . the resources that they needed for their education, and he was committed to that.”