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PhotosBob Kraft's Wife Myra Kraft, Dead at 68, 7.5 out of 10 based on 30 ratings
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- We've been meaning to put a post up about Bob Kraft's Wife Myra Kraft since we started this site, but just never got around to it. We regret to report that the passing of Myra Kraft, on Wednesday, July 20, 2011, has finally spurred us to create this post.
Bob Kraft, the owner of the PlayerWives.com favorite New England Patriots, and his wife Myra Hiatt Kraft were often in the public eye thanks to their charitable donations. Myra managed the Robert and Myra Kraft Family Foundation and the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation. Their many donations ranged from education to child and women issues to healthcare as well as American and Israeli causes. Her perspective on how to choose the recipients of the money they gave away was quite simple, but smart. "I'm not looking for earth-shattering ideas, but good programs that you know whatever you give them is going to be used well, and that it's needed." Myra Kraft inherited her sense of philanthropic duty from her father, Jacob Hiatt, who avoided the Nazi regime by emigrating to the United States from Lithuania in the 1930's and went on to become one of Worcester's greatest philanthropists.
Bob Kraft met Myra while she was attending Brandeis university and after a short courtship, they were married in June of 1963. Bob and Myra have long lived in Chestnut Hill. The Kraft's ended up having four sons, the first of which was born a year before she graduated from Brandeis. Their son Jonathan Kraft is the president and COO of the New England Patriots. Their other sons are Daniel Kraft, Josh Kraft and David Kraft.
In a statement issued by the team:
"Words cannot express the deep sorrow that we feel in learning of the passing of Myra Hiatt Kraft. Myra passed away early this morning after a courageous battle with cancer. We are all heartbroken. The global philanthropic community and the New England Patriots family have suffered a great loss.”
Myra Kraft was 68 years old.
A side note that, while pessimistic and hardly of importance in comparison to her passing, is relevant nonetheless: The passing of Bob Kraft's wife Myra is sure to have an effect on the NFL labor negotiations. Bob Kraft has played a major role in these negotiations and at this 11th hour, one wonders how this will play out with his involvement possibly limited.