Gorman died Sept. 3 during age 80 after a months-long quarrel with cancer.
Gorman is credited with ushering the association into modernity and holding it from a struggling mail sequence catalog retailer with one storefront to an general personality in the outside industry.
Born in Nashua, New Hampshire, and lifted in Yarmouth, Maine, Gorman graduated from Bowdoin College in 1956 and spent four years in a Navy before fasten L.L.Bean in 1960.
After a genocide of his grandfather and association owner Leon Leonwood Bean in 1967, Gorman led a Freeport-based association for 34 years as president until 2001, when he stepped down to offer as the company’s authority until his retirement in 2013.
“It was a genuine challenge. The initial thing we unequivocally had to do is ascent a product line. It was, we know, unequivocally obsolete,” Gorman told Maine Public Radio in 2006.
Gorman oversaw a series of successful transitions in a association including revamping a product line, converting the old mailing list to a computerized database, updating production and placement facilities, introducing credit label services and around-the-clock customer service, and expanding a association both internationally and into ecommerce.
Under his leadership, company sales increased from reduction than $5 million in 1967 to $1.56 billion in 2013, and his worker numbers grew by a thousands.
All a while, Gorman never mislaid steer of a company’s core value in patron satisfaction, and L.L. Bean continues to offer a 100% satisfaction lifetime guarantee on all a products, that a association provided from a really start.
An avid outdoorsman like his grandfather, Gorman frequently tested his company’s products on outside trips and enjoyed hiking a Camden Hills in midcoast Maine, biking around Acadia National Park, and fly fishing in northern Maine.
Gorman is also obvious for his proffer and munificent efforts, generally in a charge village and was concerned with numerous organizations like a Maine Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, a Appalachian Mountain Club, and Land for Maine’s Future. He also volunteered with the Preble Street Resource Center’s soup relative cen in Portland, Maine, each Wednesday morning for 12 years..
The center’s executive director, Mark Swann, spoke during Gorman’s commemorative service Sunday and pronounced Gorman, yet a many absolute private chairman in Maine, dedicated himself to assisting a lowest people with a slightest power.
“What a doctrine from Leon for all of us,” he said, according to a Press Herald.
“In a end, that might be Leon’s biggest legacy, that he treats everyone, in business and in life, as a tellurian being,” former Maine Gov. John McKernan said when Gorman was respected in 2010 by Bowdoin College. “The energy and significance of that faith — of doing good by doing good — has valid a value over and over again.”