Harry V. Quadracci, president and founder of Quad/Graphics and Thoroughbred owner, died from an accidental drowning July 29 at his home in Chenequa, Wisc. on Pine Lake. He was 66.
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
, Quadracci was found dead under one of two piers on the family's property the afternoon of July 29. He had been missing since early morning. After Quadracci missed an early appointment, his wife, Betty, called police. Chenequa police found his body at 3 p.m. and reported there was no indication of foul play.
A native of Racine, Wisc., Quadracci founded Quad/Graphics with his late father, Harry R. Quadracci in 1971. The company has more than 35 print-production and parcel sortation facilities and 14,000 employees, including a site in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
As a Thoroughbred owner, Quadracci raced three stakes winners and one other in a partnership. His biggest win came in the 2001 Reeve Schley Jr. Stakes (gr. III) at Monmouth Park with 3-year-old filly Silver Tornado. Trainer Linda Rice purchased the horse for Quadracci for $145,000 at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s March sale of 2-year-olds in 2000. His other stakes winners were North Lake Jane and Silver Rail. He raced three-time stakes winner Talk's Cheap with Team Canonie Stable.
In addition to his wife, Quadracci is survived by four children: H. Richard, Kathryn, Joel, and Elizabeth; his mother, Angeline; and two brothers, tom and Leonard. The family suggests memorials to the Quad/Graphics' Community Fund, c/o Quad/Graphics Inc., N63-W23-75 Main Street, Sussex, Wisc., 53089.