Chicago businessman Andrew McKenna, a part owner of the Bears and member of the team's board of directors, passed away Tuesday at the age of 93.
"This afternoon we lost a friend of more than 40 years to our family and the Bears," said Bears chairman George H. McCaskey. "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."
Born in Chicago Sept. 17, 1929, McKenna earned a bachelor's degree in business administration and marketing from the University of Notre Dame and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from DePaul University College of Law.
McKenna was chairman of McDonald's from 2004 to 2016 and chairman emeritus since 2016. In addition to serving on the Bears' board of directors, he was a director of the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, the Big Shoulders Fund, the Ireland Economic Advisory Board, Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Museum of Science and Industry, Civic Committee and the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago.
Steven R. Strahler of Crain's Chicago Business wrote Tuesday night that McKenna was "a consummate networker and inexhaustible dynamo who was among Chicago's most consequential business leaders of his day...McKenna's clout extended through corporate Chicago and into the city's cultural and charitable institutions and its sports teams."