MCI founder Jack Goeken dies at 80
John "Jack" Goeken, founder of telecom giant MCI, died Thursday in his hometown of Joliet, Ill., after a long battle with cancer. He was 80.
The Goeken Group Corp., a company he founded in Chicago's suburbs after MCI, announced his death.
Goeken (pronounced GOH'-ken) is widely viewed as the father of air-to-ground telephone communication.
As a founder of MCI and Airfone Inc., he sought to make communication possible anywhere people go — an idea that revolutionized the telecommunications industry.
He also won a reputation as "Jack the Giant Killer," because of his fervor for busting up communications monopolies like AT&T.
-- Associated Press