Michael Cudahy (electronics)

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Michael John Cudahy
Born (1924-03-24) March 24, 1924 (age 94)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Occupation entrepreneur, business executive and philanthropist

Michael John Cudahy (born March 24, 1924) is an entrepreneur, business executive and philanthropist.

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1924, Cudahy is the son of John Cudahy, United States ambassador to Ireland, Poland and Belgium. His grandfather is Patrick Cudahy, founder of the Patrick Cudahy meat company.[1][2][3]

On Thursday, August 2, 2007, WTMJ-AM in Milwaukee reported that Michael Cudahy was one of several private investors considering purchasing Midwest Airlines.[4]

Marquette Electronics[edit]

Along with Warren Cozzens, he founded Marquette Electronics in 1965 and served as chairman and CEO. The company went public in 1991. After starting with only $15,000 in capital, the company went on to have over $350 million annually in sales.[citation needed]

His company put together the nation's first central electrocardiographic system at Northwestern University Medical School. This machine has since become standard in hospitals throughout the United States.[citation needed] The company was also noted for having one of the first on-site day care centers in the nation.[citation needed]

In 1982, he and Warren bought the failing Patient Monitoring Business Unit from GE (then known as General Electric Medical Systems Division) and combined it with the existing business (primarily diagnostic equipment).[citation needed]

In 1998, he sold Marquette Electronics (by then known as Marquette Medical Systems) to GE. The company exists today as part of the Clinical Systems division of GE Healthcare, a subsidiary of the American conglomerate. After stepping aside at his company, Cudahy focused his energies on philanthropy and serving on the boards of other companies.

In 1999, according to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings, he invested $10 million in TomoTherapy a Madison, Wisconsin bio-technology start-up. It went public on May 9, 2007 with the stock symbol TOMO. Mr Cudahy's 10% interest is valued at more than $100 million at present prices (September 2007).[citation needed]

In 2002 he told the story of the founding of Marquette Electronics in the book Joyworks (ISBN 0-938076-17-5).


The following institutions have been the recipients of gifts by Michael J. Cudahy:[citation needed]


  1. ^ Cudahy, Patrick 1849 - 1919 - Dictionary of Wisconsin History - Wisconsin Historical Society
  2. ^ "Saddle and Sirloin Portrait Catalogue" Archived 2008-07-03 at the Wayback Machine. - North American International Livestock Exposition - (Adobe Acrobat *.PDF document)
  3. ^ Sherman, Jeff. "Milwaukee Talks: Michael Cudahy" - OnMilwaukee.com - August 28, 2002
  4. ^ McCrady, Melissa. "Milw. Investors Fight to Keep Midwest Airlines" - WTMJ-TV - 8/1/07