Russell L. Carson, chair of the Board of Trustees, and Richard P. Lifton, president, released the following statement today regarding the death of David Rockefeller:
The entire Rockefeller University community deeply mourns the loss of David Rockefeller, our beloved friend and benefactor, Honorary Chairman, and Life Trustee. During its long and storied history, no single individual had a more profound influence on the University than David. His inspired leadership, extraordinary vision, and immense generosity have been essential factors in the University’s success. His values—especially his unequivocal commitment to excellence—shaped the University and made it the powerhouse of biomedical discovery it is today.
One of the greatest philanthropists of our time and a man of unsurpassed judgement and fine-tuned taste, David Rockefeller dedicated his life to improving the world and the lives of all who share our planet. David was born in New York City in 1915, the youngest of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller and John D. Rockefeller, Jr.’s six children and a grandson of John D. Rockefeller. David was educated at Harvard University, the London School of Economics, and the University of Chicago, where he earned a Ph.D. in economics in 1940. That same year, he married Margaret “Peggy” McGrath. Their union lasted for nearly 56 years, until Peggy’s death in 1996. Together, Peggy and David raised two sons and four daughters. David’s entire business career was spent at Chase Manhattan Bank, where he ultimately served as Chairman and CEO, specializing in international banking.
Both before and after his retirement from the bank in 198I, David was a global leader in the worlds of finance, international relations, and public service. As a philanthropist, he followed in the footsteps of his grandfather and father, serving as an active and generous steward of innumerable institutions and organizations across our country. The public…