Obituary for Richard Rockefeller

The New York Times publishes an obituary for prominent philanthropist Richard Rockefeller, M.D., who passed away on June 13, 2014 at the age of 65 while piloting a small plane that crashed in Westchester County, NY. The tribute honors Rockefeller’s life as a physician, activist, and philanthropist by highlighting his involvement with various nonprofit projects that helped fulfill his desire to make the world a better place. The David Rockefeller Family concludes the obituary by encouraging people to honor Richard Rockefeller’s memory by contributing to the nonprofit organizations that he supported most, including MAPS, Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative, Sargasso Sea Alliance, and the Maine Coast Heritage Trust.

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ROCKEFELLER–Dr. Richard. The David Rockefeller Family deeply mourns the sudden death of Dr. Richard Gilder Rockefeller on June 13, 2014. He was a cherished husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and grandfather who played a pivotal role in our extended family. We have been profoundly touched by the outpouring of love, admiration and support from people all over the world whose lives Richard also touched. Richard was passionate about everything he did as a physician, as an activist and as a philanthropist. He was at home in art, in music and in nature. He was intensely curious about how things work, from the physical world to the human psyche. His formal education came from the North Country School, the Choate School, Harvard College and the Harvard Medical School. But his informal learning never stopped, nor did his drive to make the world a better place. He founded, led or served many non-profit organizations (including those listed below) and gave generously to them in time and treasure. In addition, he served as president of the Rockefeller Family Fund and chairman of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Richard’s immediate family consists of his wife Nancy King Rockefeller; his son Clayton and daughter Rebecca; his grandchildren Ozzy and Elsa and Wilder; Nancy’s sons Max and Griffin; his father David Rockefeller; Richards’ siblings and spouses, David and Susan, Abby and Lee, Neva and Bruce, Peggy and Barry, Eileen and Paul; and numerous nieces and nephews and cousins whom he adored. We all miss him so much. The Family plans a private service of remembrance this summer, and there will be a memorial service in the fall, time and place to be announced. Contributions in his memory may be made to: Sargasso Sea Alliance (; Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (the PTSD project) (; (; Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (; Maine Coast Heritage Trust (
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