Harry V. Quadracci

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Harry V. Quadracci (January 10, 1936 – July 29, 2002) founded Quad/Graphics with his wife Elizabeth Quadracci.[1]

Work at Krueger[]

Quadracci worked at W.A.Krueger, but eventually left when a managerial disagreement led to a strike. He was not included when the president of the company reached a settlement, and he felt the negotiating was done behind his back. He interpreted it as a signal that he would not eventually fulfill the role as president of the company. He then left to form his own company.[2]

Humble beginnings[]

Quadracci leased a 20,000 square foot building in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. By 1974 the company had 35 employees.[2]

Landing big contract[]

In 1977, Quadracci was able to land Newsweek, and in 2000 landed National Geographic.[2]


In 2001, Harry V. Quadracci and his wife Elizabeth Quadracci helped finance the addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum designed by Santiago Calatrava. The Quadraccis donated $10 million in a donation-matching challenge they spearheaded. The addition was named the Quadracci Pavilion.[3]

The Quad/Graphics Windhover Foundation


Quadracci died at 66 years old at Pine Lake in Chenequa, Wisconsin. He suffered from an unknown medical incident which resulted in him drowning.[2] Wisconsin probate case has his date of birth listed as January not June.

In memorial[]

In his memorial Quad/Graphics donated 1 million dollars to Waukesha County Technical College and named a newer area of the school the Harry V. Quadracci Printing and Graphics Center.

The $1 million gift came from Quad/Graphics clients, friends, vendors, and employees who donated to the Harry V. Quadracci Memorial Fund. The contributions totalled $500,000, and then were matched by Quad/Graphics' Windhover Foundation for a total gift of $1 million.[4]


  1. ^ "Harry V. Quadracci, 66, Chief Of Magazine Printing Company". Associated Press. Jul 31, 2002. Retrieved Aug 14, 2020 – via NYTimes.com.
  2. ^ a b c d "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on July 14, 2014. Retrieved July 4, 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Lake Country Now". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved Aug 14, 2020.
  4. ^ http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Quad%2FGraphics+and+WCTC+Partner+to+Create+the+Harry+V.+Quadracci...-a092744536
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