Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsJoan Kroc
IN THE NEWS

Joan Kroc

FEATURED ARTICLES
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 1985
Your article on Joan Kroc (Oct. 13), "McDonald's Fortune Fuels Joan Kroc's Peace Effort," was super! Joan is a real winner, for it is about time some one pulled the rug on Ronald Reagan and his support for the thinking of the Moral Majority that Armageddon is almost here. HELEN E. McMILLAN Woodland Hills
ARTICLES BY DATE
ENTERTAINMENT
April 1, 2014 | By David Ng
San Diego Opera has postponed its closure by two weeks in order to give its board of directors time to seek out new funding from the city and other donors. The postponement comes in the wake of a public backlash against the company for its abrupt announcement last month that it would shut down.  The decision to postpone the closure until April 29 was made during a Monday board meeting, according to Karen Cohn, president of the board. She said San Diego Opera would need to find a major donation on the order of Joan Kroc's $10-million bequest in order to continue operating as it has in the past.
Advertisement
OPINION
October 20, 2003
Regarding Joan Kroc (obituary, Oct. 13): My daughter is visiting Brisbane, Australia, grateful for the Ronald McDonald's house near the hospital where her newborn grandchild is in intensive care with breathing problems. The baby's family lives out in the bush far from the hospital, and we regret that it's too late to thank Kroc for her generosity in providing these refuges. Jean Desmond Rancho Palos Verdes
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 2010 | By Alexandra Zavis, Los Angeles Times
For four years, Long Beach leaders have pinned hopes for turning around a troubled central city neighborhood on the Salvation Army's plan to build a world-class community center there. Then, last week, Salvation Army leaders announced that the project — which was to be funded largely by $76 million from the estate of Joan Kroc, the widow of McDonald's entrepreneur Ray Kroc — was not financially viable. They cited insufficient local fundraising, escalating costs and liability concerns.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 1985
Let me add my voice to the chorus praising Joan Kroc. Forget that she owns the Padres, McDonald's, etc. As a member of the usually ignored middle class, I enthusiastically applaud her work against the threat of nuclear war and her generosity in giving to worthwhile causes. Most of us don't have the money to run full-page ads seeking to derail this Administration's full-speed race toward the end of civilization as we know it, and it's fantastic when someone with her stature takes a stand which certainly may be unpopular among people at or near her economic level.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 1985
Thomas states "The Pentagon doesn't make McNuggets and Joan Kroc ought not to be trying to make policy on nuclear weapons." Following that same line of reasoning, one might also add that Cal Thomas should not be trying to write columns, and that The Times, beacon of knowledge that it is, should not be trying to print them. TOM FARRELL San Gabriel
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2004 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
Long before her death, Joan Kroc had begun building her legacy. In the mid-1990s, her representatives approached the Salvation Army with an idea for erecting a community center in a rundown neighborhood here. Officials from the group penciled out several rough budgets. Kroc, who died in October at age 75, rejected them all. "Think big," she exhorted, "bigger than you've ever thought before." Two weeks ago, the world discovered just how big Kroc had been thinking.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2004 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
In one of the largest donations ever to a single charity, the estate of the late philanthropist Joan B. Kroc announced plans Tuesday to donate an estimated $1.5 billion to the Salvation Army to build 25 to 30 community centers in struggling neighborhoods around the nation. Kroc, widow of McDonald's restaurant magnate Ray Kroc, died of brain cancer Oct. 12 at her home in Rancho Santa Fe. She was 75.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 2003 | Steve Carney, Special to The Times
As KPCC-FM (89.3) hits the airwaves today with a new fund drive and fellow National Public Radio affiliate KCRW-FM (89.9) mails solicitation letters to its members, they will remind their listeners that -- in spite of a windfall NPR received last week -- public radio still needs money from its public.
OPINION
October 20, 2003
Regarding Joan Kroc (obituary, Oct. 13): My daughter is visiting Brisbane, Australia, grateful for the Ronald McDonald's house near the hospital where her newborn grandchild is in intensive care with breathing problems. The baby's family lives out in the bush far from the hospital, and we regret that it's too late to thank Kroc for her generosity in providing these refuges. Jean Desmond Rancho Palos Verdes
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 2003 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
Joan B. Kroc, the railroad worker's daughter who married a fast-food magnate, owned the San Diego Padres baseball team and donated hundreds of millions of dollars to philanthropic causes, died Sunday at her home in suburban Rancho Santa Fe. She was 75. Kroc suffered from a kind of brain cancer but, in characteristic form, had kept her illness a secret lest her friends find it upsetting. She was the largest single stockholder of McDonald's Corp., with a fortune estimated at $1.2 billion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 1998
Three cheers and 1,000 "attagirls" for Joan Kroc (Sept. 24) and her amazing donation of $80 million to the Salvation Army in San Diego to provide services and recreation in an underserved area of the city. As stated in the article, this is just one of many huge donations she has made. She should be an inspiration to all mega-millionaires. GLORIA GRAY West Covina
NEWS
March 14, 1991 | DAVID NELSON
The stars that twinkled in Joan Kroc's eyes at the massive St. Vincent de Paul Village gala and fund-raiser given in her honor Saturday were more than a reflection of the glittering "celestial" decor that, for the night, made Marriott Hall at the San Diego Marriott a place of great elegance and drama.
SPORTS
August 11, 1990
How dare Dave Distel vilify Roseanne Barr (July 28) by comparing her to Joan Kroc. First of all, I admire Joan--but she was a cocktail lounge pianist in her younger days and is a real person, not a society dilettante. Roseanne sang the best she could, and if you held a mike to the fans as they were singing the song, I'm sure many would sound much worse. As far a grabbing herself and spitting, she was merely imitating the players admired by all you macho men. The blame for the fiasco lies squarely on Tom Werner, but to equate the incident with flag-burning is absurd.
Los Angeles Times Articles
|