In Memoriam: David RockefellerIt is with great sadness that we share the news of David Rockefeller’s passing on Monday, March 20 at the age of 101. Mr. Rockefeller was one of the world’s most distinguished business statesmen as well as a leading philanthropist. His wide-ranging interests and involvement made profound and lasting contributions to fields as diverse as economics and finance, international relations, civic affairs, arts and culture, and education.
Building on the legacy of his late brother John D. Rockefeller 3rd, who laid the foundation for the postwar Japan Society, David Rockefeller served Japan Society in many critical roles, including Honorary Chairman of the Board (1978-1986), Chairman of the 75th Anniversary Committee (1980-1982), Annual Dinner Chair, a speaker in the Distinguished Lecturer Series, and Co-Chair, along with Dr. Shoichiro Toyoda, of the Centennial Honorary Committee (2007).
We extend our deep condolences to the Rockefeller family and staff, in particular son David Rockefeller, Jr., nephew Sen. John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV, and Japan Society Board Member Justin A. Rockefeller.
It occurs to me that it has been some time since I have formally expressed my admiration for the continuing work of the Japan Society. Certainly, the Society’s efforts over the years have been mutually beneficial to both Japan and the United States, and have helped to bring about greater friendship and understanding between the peoples of the two countries.
—Excerpt from a letter from David Rockefeller to his brother and Japan Society Chairman, John D. Rockefeller 3rd, dated December 26, 1975.