John Rockefeller Prentice


John Rockefeller Prentice

Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 13 Jun 1972 (aged 69)
Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
Burial Lake Geneva, Walworth County, Wisconsin, USA
Memorial ID 155128623 View Source
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Son of Col. Ezra Parmale and Alta (Rockefeller) Prentice and grandson of Standard Oil Tycoon, John D. Rockefeller.

Survived by his daughter, Abra Anderson, wife of Jon Anderson, of his wife, Abbie (Cantrill), who died March 2, 1971. Both Abra and her husband, Jon Anderson, were columnists for the Chicago Daily News. In addition to his daughter, Mrs. Anderson of Chicago, is a granddaughter, a sister, Mrs. Benjamin D. Gilbert of Stamford, Conn and a brother, Spellman of Montecito, CA when he died, Thursday, 9 March 2000.He was survived by his wife, Mimi Walters Prentice; three children from an earlier marriage, Pamela Campbell and Michael Prentice of Houston and Alta Rockefeller Prentice of Buenos Aires; 16 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
Other edits by Andrew-Jackson Powell # 48421289, Oct 2018.John Rockefeller Prentice (December 17, 1902 – June 13, 1972) was born to Chicago lawyer Ezra Parmalee Prentice and Alta Rockefeller Prentice in New York. Prentice's maternal grandfather is the Standard Oil tycoon, John D. Rockefeller (1839–1937).

While attending Yale University, Prentice became a member of the Skull and Bones Society in 1928 and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. During his years at Yale, Prentice had accumulated debts and consequently was cut off from his parents. He worked in Boston for a wholesale hardware firm for four years to make enough money to return to Yale. Upon his return to the Ivy League school, Prentice continued to work to support himself. He graduated from Yale Law School in 1932 and practiced law with a Chicago law firm throughout the 1930s. In March 1941, before the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor, Prentice volunteered in the U.S. Army as a private. While serving in the Pacific Theatre of World War II, he became a Captain in the Artillery.

Prentice is best known as a pioneer of artificial insemination in farm animals as a means of improving their genetic pool.

On August 11, 1941, Prentice married Abbie Cantrill. The couple had one daughter, Chicago philanthropist, Abra Prentice Wilkin.


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