Laurance Spelman Rockefeller

Laurance Spelman Rockefeller

New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 11 Jul 2004 (aged 94)
Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Sleepy Hollow, Westchester County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 9085657 · View Source
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Philanthropist and Conservationist. Grandson of John D. Rockefeller Sr, he received a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Princeton University in 1932 and studied at Harvard Law School. He served in the Navy during World War II and became a Lieutenant Commander. In 1958, he founded the American Conservation Association, and was elected chairman of the New York State parks commission in 1963. He helped develop national parks in Wyoming, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Vermont, and chaired the White House Conference on Natural Beauty. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969, for his environmental work and received the Congressional Gold Medal in 1991. He served as chairman of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York and was the first recipient of the American Cancer Society's Alfred P. Sloan Memorial Award. He also held a seat on the New York Stock Exchange. In 2003, Forbes Magazine put his net worth at $1.5 billion, ranking him the 140th richest American. Cause of death, pulmonary fibrosis at age 94.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Laurance Spelman Rockefeller (26 May 1910–11 Jul 2004), Find a Grave Memorial no. 9085657, citing Rockefeller Family Cemetery, Sleepy Hollow, Westchester County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .