Harry John's Holy War

A battle for control of the world's largest Catholic charity

For most of their 29 married years, Harry and Erica John quietly built a life around their nine children, their devotion to the Roman Catholic Church and their charitable works. Through the De Rance Foundation, which Harry started in 1946 with an inherited 46% interest in the Miller Brewing Co., they funded everything from leper colonies in Africa to antipoverty programs in hometown Milwaukee. Residing in the unpretentious suburb of Wauwatosa, the Johns cherished obscurity as a virtue commended by the 17th century Trappist monk Armand Jean De Rance, for whom Harry named the foundation. Though De Rance became the world's...

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