Donation doubles NPR's annual budget

11/7/2003 - San Diego Padres

WASHINGTON -- Former San Diego Padres owner Joan Kroc left
more than $200 million to National Public Radio, a bequest more
than double the network's annual budget.

This was the biggest event for the network since it broadcast
its first show in 1970, NPR president Kevin Klose said.

"We are inspired and humbled by this tremendous gift," he

Kroc, a billionaire philanthropist, died of cancer Oct. 12 at
75. The exact amount of her bequest will depend on the settlement
of her estate and value of her investments, NPR officials said.

Kroc took over the Padres following the death of husband Ray
Kroc, the McDonald's Corp. She remained a high-profile owner until
selling the team in 1990.