Member Obituary – David Rockefeller

We were saddened by the passing of David Rockefeller on March 20, aged 101. David was a life member of the Society, joining in 1962.

David was a famed American banker, and served as chairman and CEO of Chase Manhattan Bank from 1969 to 1980. He was the oldest living member of the Rockefeller family and family patriarch from July 2004 until his death.

A spokesperson said: “David was an absolute joy. If he hadn’t been born a billionaire he still would have been the world’s nicest person.”

His philanthropy was remarkable, donating almost $2 billion to a wide range of institutions, including The Rockefeller University, Harvard University, the Museum of Modern Art, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Council on Foreign Relations.

He was the first in three generations of Rockefellers to publish an autobiography. ‘Memoirs’ was released in 2002, at aged 87. When he was asked why he wrote it, he replied in a reserved tone, “Well, it just occurred to me that I had led a rather interesting life”.

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