Son Of Smokies Benefactor, David Rockefeller, Dies At 101





David Rockefeller, heir of the legendary Rockefeller oil fortune, bank executive, and philanthropist to many causes, has died at the age of 101. USA TODAY

David Rockefeller Sr., second from left, pauses with National Park Service rangers during a May 31, 2013, visit to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Pictured are park spokeswoman Molly Schroer, left, Rockefeller, Superintendent Dale Ditmanson, park entomologist Becky Nichols, Chief of Resource Management and Science Jeff Troutman, and Park Museum Curator John McDade.(Photo: Submitted by Marco Chiabo)


David Rockefeller, the New York banker/philanthropist whose father helped acquire the land that would become the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, died today at age 101.

Rockefeller, the last surviving grandson of oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller and son of John D. Rockefeller Jr., died in his sleep of congestive heart failure.

Rockefeller Jr. donated $5 million dollars to help fund acquisition of land that would become the Smokies in 1928 in honor of his late mother, Laura Spelman Rockefeller. In 1940, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt dedicated the park at the Rockefeller Monument, named in her honor, at Newfound Gap.

Rockefeller Jr. brought his son David to the Smokies in 1948.

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This photo taken on March 11, 1975 in Paris shows then French Prime Minister Jacques Chirac (L) and head of the Chase Manhattan bank David Rockefeller shaking hands during their meeting. David Rockefeller, a former head of Chase Manhattan bank and luminary in political and philanthropic circles, died on March 20, 2017 at the age of 101, a spokesman said. The last living grandson of Standard Oil co-founder John D. Rockefeller, he led Chase Manhattan, now part of JPMorgan Chase, in the 1960s and 1970s. Forbes magazine ranked Rockefeller 581st on its annual list of billionaires with a fortune of $3.3 billion.  STAFF, AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenDavid Rockefeller (L) attends the 2015 "Party in the
David Rockefeller (L) attends the 2015 "Party in the Garden" at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, New York, on June 2, 2015.  PETER FOLEY, EPA>FullscreenIn this May 8, 1984 file photo, David Rockefeller,
In this May 8, 1984 file photo, David Rockefeller, left, chairman of the Council Americas, shakes hands with President Ronald Reagan at the State Department in Washington.  Ira Schwarz, ASSOCIATED PRESS>FullscreenAttending a family dinner party in 1949 are (standing
Attending a family dinner party in 1949 are (standing l-r) David Rockefeller, Winthrop Rockefeller, Irving Pardee, John D. Rockefeller III, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Nelson A. Rockefeller, and seated l-r, Barbara Sears Rockefeller, Peggy McGrath Rockefeller, Abby Rockefeller Pardee, Mary Todd Rockefeller, Mary French Rockefeller, and Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller.  Courtesy of The Rockefeller Archive Center/PBS>FullscreenAmbassador Li Daoyu of China, left, is greeted by banker
Ambassador Li Daoyu of China, left, is greeted by banker David Rockefeller in New York, Thursday, on Feb. 20, 1997, at a meeting of the America-China Society Council on Foreign Relations, commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Shanghai Communique.  RON FREHM, Associated Press>FullscreenIn this June 1973, file photo, David Rockefeller, left,
In this June 1973, file photo, David Rockefeller, left, meets with Chinese Premier Chou En-lai in Peking.  AP>Fullscreen

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    David Rockefeller, former CEO of Chase Manhattan, returned to the Smokies in 2013 at age 98, coming here in part to tour the natural history collection at the Twin Creeks Science Center, which was of interest to him because he was an avid beetle collector. Rockefeller had some 160,000 specimens in his collection that he planned to donate to Harvard University, his alma mater.

    During his more recent visit, Rockefeller stayed at the upscale Blackberry Farm in Walland.

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