July 13, 2004 by

Laurance Rockefeller

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Laurance Spelman Rockefeller, the grandson of oil tycoon John Rockefeller, was worth more than $1.5 billion. Ranked 377th on Forbes’ 2004 list of the World’s Richest People, he helped launch Eastern Airlines and was an early investor in both Apple Computer and Intel. But Rockefeller will long be remembered for his philanthropic endeavors.
Rockefeller’s affinity for the environment led to the establishment of the American Conservation Association in 1958. His funding helped create or enlarge national parks in California, Hawaii, Maine, Vermont, Wyoming and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He chaired the White House Conference on Natural Beauty, the New York Zoological Society and the Historic Hudson Valley organization.
A long-time supporter of cancer research, Rockefeller also served as chairman of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center from 1960 to 1982. He split a parcel of land in half, donating one portion to the state of New York and the other to the cancer center. When the state bought Memorial Sloan-Kettering’s half for $13.4 million, the entire parcel became part of the 850-acre Rockefeller Park Preserve.
The Princeton graduate spent two years at Harvard Law School before enlisting in the Navy to fight in World War II. His giving nature was honored with the Chairman’s Award from the National Geographic Society, the Theodore Roosevelt National Park Medal of Honor, the Lady Bird Johnson Conservation Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. He was also the first recipient of the American Cancer Society’s Alfred P. Sloan Memorial Award.
Rockefeller died on July 11 of pulmonary fibrosis. He was 94.

2 Responses to Laurance Rockefeller

  1. JOHN T. PORTER, 111

    LAURANCE S. ROCKEFELLER, FOR THOSE OF US THAT GREW UP DURING THE EISENHOWER-KENNEDY-JOHNSON ERA OF THE UNITED STATES, GREW TO ADMIRE MR. ROCKEFELLER’S QUIETNESS AND EFFECTIVENESS IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, SOCIAL AND CIVIC ENDEAVORS…WE LEARNED THAT YOU MAKE CONTRIBUTIONS BACK TO THE SOCIETY THAT DEVELOPED YOU AND YOU DO IT NATURALLY AND WITHOUT A LOT OF FANFARE….YOU KNEW THAT WAS THE ADMIRABLE WAY TO SET THE EXAMPLE FOR OUR FELLOW HUMAN BEINGS… MR. ROCKEFELLER’S PRESENCE WILL SURELY BE MISSED…. JOHN T. PORTER, 111, POST OFFICE DRAWER 605, BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA 35201-0605

  2. Neal T. Arthur

    I have some very kind memories of Laurance when I was employed by him at his JY Ranch in Wyoming. My sincere condolences to his wife, Mary and son, Larry. Neal T. Arthur, 425 lst St. West, Roundup, Montana 59072

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