Myra Nathalie <I>Hiatt</I> Kraft

Myra Nathalie Hiatt Kraft

Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 20 Jul 2011 (aged 68)
Foxboro, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Randolph, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 73646506 · View Source
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Myra Kraft, the wife of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and a long-time philanthropist, has died. She was 68.

The NFL team said in a statement on its website that Myra Hiatt Kraft died Wednesday morning after a battle with cancer. The statement said ''we are all heartbroken'' and added that the philanthropic community has ''suffered a great loss.''

Myra Kraft held key positions in numerous charitable and community organizations.

She managed the Robert and Myra Kraft Family Foundation and was president of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation, which contributed millions of dollars to charities in the United States and Israel.

In 1995, she became the first woman to chair the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, a position she held until 2002.

She married Robert Kraft in June 1963 while she was a student at Brandeis University.

Myra Kraft was the daughter of Jacob Hiatt, who grew up in Lithuania and moved to the United States in 1935. He settled in Worcester, where she was born. Hiatt became president of the E.F. Dodge Paper Box Corp. in Leominster in 1938 and stayed on when it was bought by Whitney Box.

The company is now known as the Rand-Whitney Group which Robert Kraft bought in 1972. He now serves as its chairman and chief executive officer.

Myra Kraft also served as chairwoman of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies and was on the board of directors of the American Repertory Theatre, Brigham and Women's Hospital, the United Way of Massachusetts Bay, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, and Brandeis.

The Krafts have four sons, Jonathan, Daniel, Joshua and David. Jonathan is president of the Patriots. Daniel is president and CEO of International Forest Products, founded in 1972 by his father. Joshua is president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston.

Here is her official obituary:

KRAFT, Myra (Hiatt) Of Chestnut Hill, MA on July 20, 2011. Beloved wife of Robert Kraft. Dear daughter of the late Jacob and Frances ( Lavine) Hiatt. Devoted mother of Jonathan and his wife Patti, Daniel and his wife Wendy, Joshua and his wife Carolyn Kraft and David Kraft. Cherished grandmother of Harry, Sadie, Jacob, Jessica, Allison, Joseph, Rebecca and Anna. Services at Temple Emanuel,385 Ward St. Newton on Friday, July 22, 2011 at 10:00 am. Following interment at Lindwood Memorial Park, Randolph, MA, memorial observance will be held at her residence 2-7pm, Sunday 8-10 am and 2-8 pm, Monday 7:30 -10:00 am and 2-8pm.Daily morning minyan at 7:30 am and daily evening minyan at 8 pm. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to The Myra Kraft Giving Back Scholarship Fund c/o Boys and Girls Club of Boston 50 Congress St., Boston, MA 02109

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  • Added: 20 Jul 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 73646506
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Myra Nathalie Hiatt Kraft (27 Dec 1942–20 Jul 2011), Find A Grave Memorial no. 73646506, citing Lindwood Memorial Park, Randolph, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Robert McGowan (contributor 47548454) .