August 1, 2002 -- (WhatTheyThink.com) -- The following obituary was issued yesterday regarding the passing of Mr. Quadracci.
Harry V. “Larry” Quadracci died on Monday, July 29, 2002, when he drowned accidentally near his Pine Lake home. He is survived by his wife, Betty (Ewens); his children, Richard Quadracci, New York City; Kathryn (Raja) Quadracci Flores, New York City; Elizabeth (fiancé, Chris Harned) Quadracci, New York City; Joel (Caran) Quadracci, Wisconsin; grandchildren, Isabella and Kaitlin Flores and Meghan Quadracci; his mother, Angeline Quadracci; two brothers, Tom (Susan) and Leonard (Pat); nephews, Len (Laurie), Seattle; Robert, Wisconsin; John (Jennifer), Wisconsin; Mario (Jenny), Wisconsin; David, Wisconsin; and niece, Susie (Brian) Sisk, Portland. He was preceded in death by his father, Harry R. Quadracci, in 1999.
As Quad/Graphics' chief executive, he guided the company's growth since its founding with 11 associates in 1971. Today it is the largest privately owned printing company in North America, with 14,000 employees working from 35 facilities, including three international partnerships in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Sao Paulo, Brazil; and Warsaw, Poland.
A native of Racine, Mr. Quadracci earned a B.A. in philosophy from Regis College in Denver (1957) and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law (1960). He practiced law briefly and held various executive positions with W.A. Krueger Co., prior to founding Quad/Graphics.
He was an active board member of many nationally known educational institutions and industry groups, including the Direct Marketing Association, 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. In addition, he was 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.
He counted among his many achievements being honored as a national hero by the Polish government for his printing investments in that country.
Among his more colorful, somewhat quirky, achievements were landing helicopters on the family lawn, riding elephants, soaring over crowds on zip lines, employing a spokesgoat to expound on environmental matters, leading marching bands at company functions, sharing his love of the circus by purchasing a corporate calliope, belting out show tunes at holiday parties and riding his Harley with Betty in the sidecar.
As far as philanthropy, he nurtured new business with seed money, re-sculpted Milwaukee's skyline with the Calatrava addition, brought new life to the cherished Basilica of St. Josaphat, and set the stage for artistic development through the Quadracci Powerhouse.
Visitation will be held at The Basilica of St. Josaphat, 2333 South Sixth St., on Thursday, August 1 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday, August 2 from 9 a.m. until noon. The Funeral Mass will follow Friday's visitation at noon. Immediately following mass, a reception will be held at the Milwaukee Art Museum in the Windhover Hall of the Quadracci Pavilion, located at 700 North Art Museum Drive (Lincoln Memorial Drive).
In lieu of flowers, expressions of condolence may be sent to Quad/Graphics' Community Fund, c/o Quad/Graphics, N63 W23075 Main St., Sussex, WI, 53089.
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