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Quadracci, 66, Found Dead In Lake

September 2002

Rivello also knew and worked with Mr. Quadracci's father, the late Harry R. Quadracci—a trail blazer in the early days of web offset printing.

"I feel like I've lost more than a friend. He's been like both a father and a brother to me," Rivello said. "There is no one I can look to in the industry who's left a bigger imprint than Harry Quadracci.

"Along the way, he made many people successful in this business. He just believed in the American way. That's what building a business is all about."

The printing industry, he added, has lost a great man—"the greatest man, in my opinion."

Harris DeWese of Compass Capital Partners, who first met Mr. Quadracci in the early 1980s, noted the owner was a business mastermind. "Harry Quadracci set a standard for excellence in leadership, strategic thinking and management that, in my mind, is unprecedented in our industry," DeWese said. "He leaves a legacy of accomplishments that should provide guidelines for every manager in our industry."

Ken Field, president and CEO of Continental Web Press, Itasca, IL, remembers swapping "some crude technology" information in the early 1970s, as their respective companies were still in their nascency.

"Harry was someone I could call for advice and opinions," Field said.

"We've lost a leader in our industry. No one can fill his shoes and take his place. He had such great insight...he saw the industry differently than anyone else over the last 25 years.

"He's going to be missed."

A native of Racine, WI, Mr. Quadracci graduated with a B.A. from Regis College in 1957 and a juris doctor from Columbia University School of Law in 1960. That led to a stint practicing and teaching law in New York City.

He returned to Milwaukee to follow his father into the commercial printing industry, serving in several capacities with W.A. Krueger Co. He resigned from the company in 1970 to start Quad/Graphics.

As Quad grew, so did Mr. Quadracci's prominence. He was given the inaugural Vision Award by the WOA for his forward-thinking leadership in 1999. The Wisconsin Direct Marketing Association named Mr. Quadracci its Direct Marketer of the Year that same year. In 1997, he was named Wisconsin's Master Entrepreneur of the Year.


Mr. Quadracci was also active in many industry associations and educational institutions. He served on the board of the DMA, the Direct Marketing Educational Foundation, the Gravure Catalog & Insert Council, the Marquette University Business Advisory Board and the Columbia University Law School Board of Visitors. He was also a member of the Graphic Communications Association, the Magazine Publisher's Association, the World Presidents Organization and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Business Advisory Committee.

In 1986, Harry V. Quadracci was inducted into the Printing Impressions/RIT Printing Industry Hall of Fame for his contributions to the graphic arts industry. His father, Harry R., received the award in 1998.

Mr. Quadracci is survived by his wife, Betty, publisher of Milwaukee Magazine; four children, Richard, Joel, Kathryn and Elizabeth; and two brothers, Tom and Leonard.

Richard is owner of Quadracci Engineering while Joel and Elizabeth are in sales and marketing with Quad/Graphics. Tom, formerly executive vice president for Quad, has been named president and CEO. Leonard is president of Quad/Med, an affiliate that manages employee health.


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