Former IMRA leader Verdisco passes
May 5, 2003,
Arlington, VA — Bob Verdisco, who headed the International Mass Retail Association from 1990 until his retirement last December, passed away April 30 due to complications from cancer.
Verdisco assumed the helm of the IMRA at a time when the association was declining in membership, reputation and relevance, the association said, and he turned it around into a leading organization for the retail industry.
This January, IMRA honored him by establishing the Robert J. Verdisco Retail Scholarship, which will annually award $5,000 to a student who is pursuing a career in retail, as well as who has demonstrated leadership in community service.
His survivors include his wife Pat, and his children Elizabeth and Matthew.