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Robert Craves dies at 72; Costco co-founder started higher ed nonprofit
Robert Craves dies at 72; Costco co-founder started higher ed nonprofit

Robert Craves, an executive who helped start wholesale giant Costco before launching a philanthropy to help disadvantaged students attend college, died of cancer Nov. 5 in Bellevue, Wash. He was 72. His death was announced by College Success Foundation, a nonprofit he co-founded in 2000 to provide scholarships and mentoring to low-income youths. Craves was a marketing executive in Los Angeles for the Builders Emporium home improvement chain when the man who hired him, Jim Sinegal, recruited him to become a founding officer of Costco in 1983. A senior vice president, he spent the next 17 years with the company. Like the other Costco founders, Craves wore many hats, including working...

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