Andrew McKenna Death – Obituary: Andrew McKenna, a businessman from Chicago and a member of the Bears’ board of directors, died on Tuesday at the age of 93.
Bears chairman George H. McCaskey said, “This afternoon we lost a friend of more than 40 years to our family and the Bears, few people have had a larger impact on our great city. Andy spent his life dedicated to institutions across sports, media, museums, academia, health care and more sharing his insights and leadership. His guidance helped us make sound business decisions, most recently with our selection of Kevin Warren as our next President & CEO. We are grateful for his many contributions to the Bears and his wisdom will be missed. Our prayers are with his family.”
McKenna, who was born in Chicago on September 17, 1929, graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s in business administration and marketing and the DePaul University College of Law with a doctorate in jurisprudence.
From 2004 to 2016, McKenna served as McDonald’s chairman; he has now become chairman emeritus. He was a director of the Big Shoulders Fund, the Ireland Economic Advisory Board, the Civic Committee, the Museum of Science and Industry, the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Museum of Science and Industry, and the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago in addition to being on the board of the Bears.
McKenna was described as “a consummate networker and inexhaustible dynamo who was among Chicago’s most significant business leaders of his day” by Steven R. Strahler of Crain’s Chicago Business in a Tuesday night article. “McKenna’s clout extended through corporate Chicago and into the city’s cultural and charitable institutions and its sports teams.”