NEW YORK — Martha Scudder, a top Bloomingdale’s human resources executive who in the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies recruited and nurtured much of the talent that shaped the store’s growth, died Sunday in Minneapolis, according to a spokesman for the family, Jerry Doty. She was 92.

As head of the training and executive placement department, she created and developed a buyer training program that became what many executives considered a standard for the industry and was known as the “Harvard” of retail training programs. It developed buyers into business people who were not just focused on the fashion, and also put them on career tracks. When Bloomingdale’s launched an expansion of branch stores in the early Seventies, Scudder went to each suburban location to interview local talent for the executive positions.

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