Betty Ewens Quadracci, 75, Co-Founded Quad/GraphicsJanuary 2014
SUSSEX, WI—Quad/Graphics Inc. announced that company co-founder and long-time board member Betty Ewens Quadracci died Dec. 9 at her home in Wisconsin.
Recognized as the matriarch of Quad/Graphics, Mrs. Quadracci co-founded the company in 1971 with her late husband, Harry V. Quadracci. The company started operations in a vacant factory in Pewaukee, WI, with a single printing press and just 11 employees. Today, Quad/Graphics is a global printer and multichannel media integrator with 25,000 employees worldwide at 65-plus printing plants and dozens of support facilities.
During Quad/Graphics' early years, Betty Quadracci held many roles. In 1985, she founded Quad/Creative, a graphic design firm now known as Quad/Graphics Creative Solutions.
She also served as the president of the Windhover Foundation, a philanthropic organization funded by the Quadracci family. In 1997, she and Harry spearheaded a $10 million matching donation from Quad/Graphics to kick off fundraising for a major addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum—the Quadracci Pavilion.
Mrs. Quadracci's estate planning was thoughtful and thorough, with the continuity of Quad/Graphics a key focus. The Quadracci family and various family trusts will continue to control the company through ownership of all of the company's high vote class B stock, which constitutes more than 80 percent of the company's total voting power.
Betty Quadracci is survived by her four children—Richard, Kathryn, Joel and Elizabeth—10 grandchildren and her five siblings.