S. Thomas Saltz, 95, former president and owner of the Georgetown University Shop and a founding partner of Lewis & Thomas Saltz Inc., died Nov. 12 at Georgetown University Hospital of complications after gall bladder surgery.
Mr. Saltz had worked in the retail clothing business for more than 75 years, beginning as a boy in his father's store in his native Crisfield, Md. He left home at the age of 13 and worked in Baltimore at the Isaac Hamburger Co. while attending high school at night at the Baltimore YMCA.
He served in the Army during World War I, then lived and worked in New England and later in Decatur, Ill., where he operated a clothing store with his brother, Lewis.
In 1927 he moved to Washington and worked in the advertising department of Raleigh Haberdashery, then two years later opened a retail clothing store, Saltz Bros., with his brother.
During the Great Depression they lost control of the business to a third partner, but then in the mid-1930s opened Lewis & Thomas Saltz Inc., which became one of Washington's top men's clothing stores.
They sold that business in 1955, and for the next several years Mr. Saltz worked as a clothing industry consultant and wrote articles on "creative selling" for the Daily News Record, a Fairchild publication.
In 1964 Mr. Saltz purchased the Georgetown University Shop, which came to specialize in top-of-the-line custom merchandise. His wife, Julia, later opened a women's wear department. He opened a store in Chevy Chase in 1977. He retired in 1980.
In retirement Mr. Saltz studied art at Mount Vernon College, which awarded him an honorary doctor of humane letters degree last May. He also studied Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War.
In addition to his wife, of Washington, survivors include a daughter, Ellen Saltz Kolansky of Alexandria, and two grandchildren.
WILLIAM E. BLASIER
NAM Vice President
William E. Blasier, 41, the National Association of Manufacturers' senior vice president for finance and administration, died Nov. 12 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. He had cancer.
He joined the NAM in 1977 as deputy general counsel. He later served as general counsel before becoming a senior vice president in 1983.
Mr. Blasier, who lived in Potomac, was born in Pittsburgh. He graduated from Rollins College in Florida with a degree in history and public affairs in 1971. He then came here. In 1975, he graduated from the Georgetown University law school.
Before joining the NAM, he had been a lawyer in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's office of the solicitor's regional litigation section.
Mr. Blasier was a past president of the Washington chapter of the American Diabetes Association. He had served on the organization's national board of directors since 1984.
Survivors include his wife, Marcia, and two daughters, Megan and Becky, all of Potomac; his mother, Helen T. Blasier of Pittsburgh; a brother, Robert, of Sacramento, Calif.; and three sisters, Diane Grushkin of St. Charles, Ill., Marcia Schindel of Bloomington, Minn., and Susan Butler of Lexington, Mass.
EDWARD EARLY CAMPBELL
Alexandria Nursery Owner
Edward Early Campbell, 75, a longtime Alexandria nursery owner who was a past president of the Northern Virginia Nursery Association, died Nov. 13 at Fairfax Hospital after surgery for an aneurysm. He lived in Alexandria.
Mr. Campbella, who was born in Amherst County, Va., came here in 1938 and founded Campbell's Nursery and Landscape Co. in Alexandria. After working as a Southern Railway conductor during World War II, he became partner in the Campbell and Ferrara Nursery in Alexandria. He was a partner until his death.
He was a past director of the Virginia Nursery Association and the Alexandria Board of Trade. He was a member of the Mount Vernon Methodist Church in Alexandria, the Alexandria Junior Chamber of Commerce, the Kiwanis, and the Masons.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia, a son, James, and a daughter, Bonnie Campbell, all of Alexandria; two brothers; and two grandchildren.