Betty Quadracci, co-founder of Quad/Graphics dies at 75

CREATED Dec. 9, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - Betty Quadracci, co founder of Quad/Graphics, has died. She was 75 years old.

The Quadracci’s were not only influential residents of Waukesha County but Betty was a pioneer when it came to education.

Head Start for preschool kids is very common these days but it was all
unfamiliar back in the 1960's when Betty and Harry Quadracci were trying to get it started in Waukesha.

They were insightful, said Dr Tim Nolan with Waukesha Head Start. "They saw things that today are quite normal, that didn't exist then."

Betty was a founder of the Waukesha Montessori School that still thrives and reportedly one of the first trained Montessori teachers in the country

Nolan says Waukesha benefited greatly from Betty and Harry's commitment to education.

"They were very community orientated. When Head Start was created,
and it was created in the summer of 1965, it intrigued them."

When the Head Start program started nearly 50 years ago in Waukesha it had a few dozen kids. Today it serves more than 400.

"The Quadracci's early on were interested in infant care," said Nolan.

But the matriarch of Quad/Graphics also had a passion for the arts. The multi-million dollar Quadracci Pavilion is part of the Milwaukee Art Museum and its signature Calatrava designed addition.

In a written statement Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele said:"Betty’s generosity was never just about her checkbook, she was always willing to roll up her sleeves and get involved.

Betty Quadracci was also a journalist and publisher of the Milwaukee Magazine

Her son Joel said," This is a sad day for us, but also one of celebration as we commemorate my mother’s very accomplished life."