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Encyclopedia > Joan B. Kroc

Joan Beverly Kroc (born Mansfield) (August 27, 1928October 12, 2003) was the third wife of McDonald's CEO Ray Kroc and a philanthropist. is the 239th day of the year (240th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 285th day of the year (286th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... McDonalds Corporation (NYSE: MCD) is the worlds largest chain of fast-food restaurants, primarily selling hamburgers, chicken, french fries, milkshakes and soft drinks. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A philanthropist is someone who engages in philanthropy; that is, someone who donates his or her time, money, or reputation to a charitable cause. ...

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Biography

Kroc was born 1928 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her father worked for a railroad and her mother was an accomplished violinist. She studied music at the McPhail School of Music in Minneapolis and started teaching at age 15. In 1945 she married Roland Smith, a Navy veteran and they had her only child the next year. State capitol building in Saint Paul Saint Paul is the capital and second-largest city of the state of Minnesota in the United States of America. ... “Minneapolis” redirects here. ... USN redirects here. ...


Kroc met her future husband, McDonald's Corp. founder Ray Kroc, in 1957 while playing piano at a bar in St. Paul, Minnesota. Kroc said in his autobiography that he "was stunned by her blond beauty". They carried on a secret relationship until they both divorced their spouses and they married in 1969. McDonalds Corporation (NYSE: MCD) is the worlds largest chain of fast-food restaurants[1]. Although McDonalds did not invent the hamburger or fast food, its name has become nearly synonymous with both. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... State capitol building in Saint Paul Saint Paul is the capital and second-largest city of the state of Minnesota in the United States of America. ...


Philanthropy

Kroc's first philanthropic endeavor was Operation Cork in 1976 in La Jolla. It aimed to inform doctors and other health workers about the dangers of alcoholism. One of the beaches at La Jolla Cove La Jolla, California, is a seaside resort community comprised of 42,808[1] residents within the city of San Diego. ... Alcoholism is the consumption of, or preoccupation with, alcoholic beverages to the extent that this behavior interferes with the drinkers normal personal, family, social, or work life, and may lead to physical or mental harm. ...


Her husband died January 1984, leaving her his fortune and the San Diego Padres baseball team. She tried to donate the team to the city of San Diego, but Major League Baseball rules forbid public team ownership. Kroc sold the team in 1990 and turned her attention to philanthropy. Major league affiliations National League (1969–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 6, 19, 31, 35, 42 Name San Diego Padres (1969–present) Other nicknames Pads, Friars Ballpark PETCO Park (2004–present) Qualcomm Stadium (1969-2003) a. ... Flag Seal Nickname: Americas Finest City Location Location of San Diego within San Diego County Coordinates , Government County San Diego Mayor City Attorney         City Council District One District Two District Three District Four District Five District Six District Seven District Eight Jerry Sanders (R) Michael Aguirre Scott Peters Kevin... MLB and Major Leagues redirect here. ... Philanthropy is the act of donating money, goods, time, or effort to support a charitable cause, usually over an extended period of time and in regard to a defined objective. ...


In 2002 a large Salvation Army community center (Kroc Center) that she helped fund (to the tune of $87 million) opened to the public. Several institutions in the San Diego area are named after her, including the think tank the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego, the St. Vincent de Paul Joan Kroc Center for the Homeless in downtown and the Kroc-Copley Animal Shelter in the Morena District. America’s leading 'Peace' institution is probably the University of Notre Dame’s Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, established and endowed by Joan herself. [1] Shield of The Salvation Army The Salvation Army is a non-military evangelical Christian organisation. ... A Kroc Center is a community center run by the Salvation Army, and is more formally known as a Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center. ... The University of San Diego, frequently referred to as USD, is a Catholic university in San Diego, California. ... The University of Notre Dame IPA: is a Catholic[4] institution located in Notre Dame, an unincorporated section of St. ...


She also supported the Ronald McDonald Children's Charities and Ronald McDonald Houses. Parker Anderson-Stanley, four, visits with Olympic gold-medalist Cassie Campbell at Ronald McDonald House Southern Alberta in Calgary on Saturday, 2006-01-14. ...


As Padres owner she started Major League Baseball's first employee-assistance program for players and staff with drug problems. MLB and Major Leagues redirect here. ...


Kroc was also active politically. In 1985 she spent millions of dollars in support of nuclear disarmament. U.S. and USSR/Russian nuclear weapons stockpiles, 1945-2006 Nuclear disarmament is the proposed dismantling of nuclear weapons, particularly those of the United States and the Soviet Union (later Russia) targeted on each other. ...


She is affectionately known by the citizens of Grand Forks, North Dakota and East Grand Forks, Minnesota as the "Angel" because of her anonymous $15 million donation to assist the cities after a devastating flood occurred there in 1997. She was often seen at the local homeless shelter anonymously helping out at the meal line and talking to patrons. She was revealed as the source of the funds when reporters tracked down ownership of the jet she used to fly into the area to survey damage. Nickname: Motto: A Place of Excellence Location in North Dakota Coordinates: , Country State County Grand Forks County Founded June 15, 1870 Incorporated February 22, 1881 Government  - Mayor Michael Brown Area  - City  19. ... Official language(s) English Capital Bismarck Largest city Fargo Area  Ranked 19th  - Total 70,762 sq mi (183,272 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 340 miles (545 km)  - % water 2. ... East Grand Forks is a city in Polk County, Minnesota in the United States. ... Capital Saint Paul Largest city Minneapolis Area  Ranked 12th  - Total 87,014 sq mi (225,365 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 400 miles (645 km)  - % water 8. ... Obelisk in Grand Forks commemorating the 1997 flood. ...


Epilogue

Kroc died 2003 of brain cancer at Rancho Santa Fe, California. In a San Diego Union-Tribune article published upon Kroc's death, former Padre Tony Gwynn said: Rancho Santa Fe is an unincorporated census-designated place located in San Diego County, California. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... The San Diego Union-Tribune is a daily newspaper published in San Diego, California by the Copley Press. ... Anthony Keith Gwynn (born May 9, 1960 in Los Angeles, California) is a former right fielder in Major League Baseball, statistically one of the best and most consistent hitters in baseball history. ...

Sadly, in her passing, people will really find out for the first time how much she meant to not only this community but to the world. She did things her way, not for recognition or other considerations but because it was the right thing to do.
It's a shame that most of us will only now find out the extent of what Joan did. She was a great owner, person and humanitarian. I remember when I declared bankruptcy in 1987. It was my darkest hour. And Joan was there to offer me words of encouragement and to address the team on my behalf.
She cared about the players and their families. Heck, she cared about everyone on the face of this earth. She loved to help people.

Bequests

Her will included significant bequests for a number of organizations. In the common law, a will or testament is a document by which a person (the testator) regulates the rights of others over his property or family after death. ...

Shield of The Salvation Army The Salvation Army is a non-military evangelical Christian organisation. ... “NPR” redirects here. ... The University of San Diego, frequently referred to as USD, is a Catholic university in San Diego, California. ... The University of Notre Dame IPA: is a Catholic[4] institution located in Notre Dame, an unincorporated section of St. ... The Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame is a research institute dedicated to funding research, education and outreach programs on the causes of violence and the conditions for sustainable peace. ... KPBS is a public broadcasting organization based in San Diego, California. ...

External links

  • San Diego Union-Tribune obituary
  • Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice - University of San Diego
  • The Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame
  • "Married Rich", San Diego Reader May 31, 2001 by Matt Potter
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Joan B. Kroc - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (526 words)
Kroc sold the team in 1990 and turned her attention to philanthropy.
Several institutions in the San Diego area are named after her, including the think tank the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego, the St.
Vincent de Paul Joan Kroc Center for the Homeless in downtown and the Kroc-Copley Animal Shelter in the Morena District.
Kroc Institute: Life and Times of Joan B. Kroc (631 words)
Kroc donates $100,000 to assist families of 21 victims slain at a McDonald's in San Ysidro.
Kroc makes what was then considered to be the largest single contribution to a political party in American history, giving $1 million to the Democratic National Committee.
Kroc gives $625,000 to San Diego performing arts groups in the city's 1989 Soviet Arts Festival and $1 million to the city for the festival.
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