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November 16, 2016
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New Book on Joan Kroc Tells of Her Sometimes Whimsical Philanthropy

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A portrait of Ray and Joan Kroc adorns the lobby of a Salvation Army performing-arts center at a youth facility in San Diego. Ms. Kroc left the Salvation Army $1.5 billion in a bequest.

A new book details how Joan Kroc commandeered her husband’s fortune and became one of America’s most controversial donors. She gave away well over $2 billion, some of which went to liberal causes that probably wouldn’t have squared with her...

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