- Quad/Graphics, Inc. has announced that company co-founder
and long-time board member Betty Ewens Quadracci died
peacefully on Monday at her Chenequa home, surrounded by
family and close friends. She was 75 years old.
can imagine, today is a very difficult and sad day for us,
but also one of celebration as we commemorate my mother’s
very accomplished life,”said her son Joel Quadracci,
Chairman, President & CEO of Quad/Graphics, in a statement
from the company. “She passed away peacefully and we take
comfort in knowing that she is now in heaven with my father
Quadracci co-founded the company in 1971 with her late
husband, Harry V. Quadracci. The company started operations
in a vacant factory in Pewaukee with a single printing press
and just 11 employees. Today Sussex-based Quad/Graphics is a
global printer and multichannel media integrator with 25,000
employees worldwide at 65-plus printing plants and dozens of
Betty Quadracci founded Quad/Creative, a graphic design firm
now known as Quad/Graphics Creative Solutions. In 2002 she
became a member of Quad/Graphics’ Board of Directors. She
also served as president of the Windhover Foundation, a
philanthropic organization funded by the Quadracci family.
became publisher of Milwaukee Magazine in 1983 and later was
named president of the monthly publication. In 2012 she was
inducted into the Milwaukee Press Club’s Media Hall of Fame.
Quadracci served on the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Board of
Trustees for many years. In 1997 she and her husband
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.
Quadracci received a bachelor’s degree from Trinity College
in Washington, D.C., 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, the
oldest continually operating Head Start program in the
survived by her four children - Richard, Kathryn, Joel and
Elizabeth - 10 grandchildren and five siblings.