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Joan Beverly Mansfield Kroc

Humanitarian and World Peace Promoter. She was the billionaire widow of McDonald's Corporation founder Ray Kroc. She inherited the San Diego Padres after her husband died in 1984 and sold the baseball club in 1990. Her donations created Notre Dame's Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies in 1986 and the University of San Diego's Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice in 2001. She was also a major benefactor of the Carter Center of Emory University in Atlanta. She was a passionate champion of peace and justice with dedication to eliminating the threat of nuclear weapons and all forms of deadly violence. She contributed $90 million to the Salvation Army for a 12.5-acre arts and recreation center in east San Diego, California. The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, which has three swimming pools, an indoor ice rink, a library and a $15 million theater, was opened in June 2002.

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  • Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • Added: 12 Oct 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7978945
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Joan Beverly Mansfield Kroc (27 Aug 1928–12 Oct 2003), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7978945, citing El Camino Memorial Park, San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .