Betty Quadracci, Co-Founder of Quad/Graphics, Passes
Mrs. Quadracci was well-known as a champion of the arts, serving on the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Board of Trustees for many years. 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. Designed by world-renowned architect Santiago Calatrava and completed in 2001, the pavilion has become a widely recognized symbol of Milwaukee.
Mrs. Quadracci received a bachelor's degree from Trinity College in Washington, DC, in 1961 and attended the University of Fribourg in Fribourg, Switzerland. She was one of the first trained Montessori teachers in the United States and helped establish the Waukesha Montessori School in 1964. She also helped launch the Waukesha Head Start program in 1968, now the oldest continually operating Head Start program in the United States.
Mrs. Quadracci is survived by her four children—Richard, Kathryn, Joel and Elizabeth—10 grandchildren and her five siblings.
As was true in all facets of her life, Mrs. Quadracci’s estate planning was thoughtful and thorough, with the continuity of Quad/Graphics a key focus. As such, her passing will not create a liquidity event that impacts the company or the Quadracci family. In addition, 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.