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McDonald's Statement on Joan B. Kroc, Philanthropist and Wife of McDonald's Founder, Ray Kroc

Oct 12, 2003

"The entire McDonald's family mourns the passing of Joan Kroc. She was a great woman who cared deeply about people in need -- especially children suffering from poverty, disease and hunger. Joan's legacy will live on through her countless philanthropic efforts -- and we at McDonald's will forever honor her for the many contributions she made to Ronald McDonald House Charities in memory of her husband and our founder, Ray Kroc. The world has lost a true humanitarian, and McDonald's has lost a true friend."

   Fred Turner     Jim Cantalupo
   Sr. Chairman    Chairman and CEO

                          McDonald's Corporation

SOURCE: McDonald's

CONTACT: Anna Rozenich of McDonald's, +1-773-878-4166, or office,

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