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Jeff Brotman

Brotman, Costco cofounder, dies

ISSAQUAH, Wash. — Jeff Brotman, cofounder of Costco Wholesale Corp. and the company’s chairman, died in his sleep earlier this month at age 74. Brotman helped build Costco into a global retailing powerhouse and was prominent in Puget Sound-area philanthropic and civic circles. “The thoughts of Costco’s board, management and employees are with Jeff’s wife