Rodman Clark Rockefeller
May 2, 1932
|Died||May 14, 2000 (aged 68)|
|Alma mater||Dartmouth College|
Barbara Ann Olson
(m. 1953; div. 1979)
Sascha von Metzler
(m. 1980; his death 2000)
|Children||4, including Meile Rockefeller|
|Parent(s)||Nelson Rockefeller |
Rodman Clark Rockefeller (May 2, 1932 – May 14, 2000) was an American businessman and philanthropist.
Rockefeller was born on May 2, 1932 in Manhattan. He was the eldest son of former U.S. Vice President Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller (1908–1979) and his wife Mary Todhunter "Tod" Clark (1908–1999) and was a fourth-generation member of the Rockefeller family.
Rockefeller attended both Deerfield Academy and Dartmouth College. While at Dartmouth, he was a member of Green Key, co-editor of Dartmouth's Freshman Handbook, and elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Rockefeller continued his education at Columbia University's Graduate School of Business Administration and received his master's degree.
Rockefeller was vice president from 1968 to 1972 and chief executive from 1972 to 1980 of the International Basic Economy Corporation, a commercial genetics and agribusiness concern based in New York and incorporated by his father in 1946. Its activities, all in Latin America, included developing corn production there and building thousands of low-cost homes in three places in Mexico. He was also chairman of IBEC Inc. a successor concern, from 1980 to 1985, and of Arbor Acres Farm, based in Glastonbury, Connecticut, a seller of genetic material for poultry broiler stock, for some years.
Rockefeller was co-chairman of the Mexico-United States Business Committee, an organization focusing on economic and political issues of interest to both nations' business communities. The passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement in the mid-1990s has been called the culmination of his and the committee's efforts. The honors he received included a prestigious Mexican decoration, the Order of the Aztec Eagle.
He was on the board of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund for nine years. For many years, he was a trustee of Rockefeller Financial Services, which manages the family's office (known as "Room 5600"), its investment companies and its many foundations. He was the head of the finance committee of Rockefeller Financial Services for many years and was a longtime trustee of Rockefeller Financial's holding company, Rockefeller & Company.
Rockefeller served as chairman of Pocantico Associates, a private capital and real estate investment company. He was also a trustee of the Institute of International Education, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation, the Museum of Modern Art, the Americas Society, and New York Blood Center.
Rockefeller married Barbara Ann Olsen in 1953 and the couple had four children: Meile, Peter, Stuart, and Michael. That marriage ended in divorce in 1979 and he married the former Alexandra von Metzler, known as Sascha, in 1980.
Rockefeller died at his home on the East Side of Manhattan on May 14, 2000.
- "Rodman Rockefeller Named IBEC Director". The New York Times. 5 October 1959. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
- "Barbara Rockefeller, Ex-Head Of Craft Council, Dies at 55". The New York Times. 24 January 1986. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
- "Miss von Metzler Is Wed to R.C. Rockefeller". The New York Times. 14 June 1980. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
- Pace, Eric (16 May 2000). "Rodman Rockefeller, 68, Dies; Active in Latin Trade Efforts". The New York Times. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
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