Bib: [The Rockefellers, An American Dynasty by Peter Collier & David Horowitz, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, NY]
Banker; Chairman, First National City Bank of New York (now Citigroup)
m1. Nancy Campbell Sherlock CARNEGIE,
James Stillman Rockefeller (born June 8, 1902) is a member of the prominent United States Rockefeller family.
He won an Olympic gold medal in rowing but has not bothered to mention the fact in biographical reference works. A paternal grandson of William Rockefeller, his maternal grandfather James Stillman and uncle James Alexander Stillman served as president of the National City Bank of New York City.
James Stillman Rockefeller joined that institution in 1930 after working at Brown Brothers, and served as president from 1952 to 1959 and chairman from 1959 to 1967. It was during his tenure that they merged with the smaller First National Bank and took the name First National City Bank of New York. (Under each of his successors,the name has changed again:George Moore shortened it to "First National City Bank" and formed a holding company,First National City Corp.;under Walter Wriston these became Citibank and Citicorp;under John Shepard Reed the firm merged with Travelers Group to become Citigroup).
James Stillman Rockefeller also concerned himself with other family investments, and is today a centenarian and Americas oldest living Olympic champion. Rockefeller appeared on the cover of Time magazine on July 7, 1924, making him the earliest cover subject of the magazine still living.
He was captain of Yales rowing team that won a gold medal at the 1924 Paris Olympics. He was president (1952-1959), then chairman (1959-1967) of First National City Bank (Citibank) of New York.
by DIANE SCARPONI Associated Press Writer
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- James Stillman Rockefeller, the former head of the bank that became Citigroup Inc. and the oldest known U.S. Olympic medal winner, died Tuesday, his family said.
Rockefeller, who was 102, had lived in Greenwich. Born June 8, 1902, he was a grandson of William Rockefeller, who founded Standard Oil with his brother, John D. Rockefeller.
He captained an eight-man crew with coxswain from the Yale University rowing team to win the gold at the 1924 Paris Olympics - beating the Canadian team by less than 16 seconds. Another member of the crew was Dr. Benjamin Spock, who became a renowned pediatrician with his best-selling book about child rearing.
U.S. Olympic Committee records show that Rockefeller was the oldest American medal winner, a spokeswoman from the committee said.
He graduated from Yale in 1924 and started at the bank, then called the National City Bank, in 1930. Rockefeller was named president in 1952. He was named chairman in 1959 and retired in 1967.
The company later changed its name to Citicorp, and became Citigroup in a 1998 merger with Travelers Group.
Rockefeller, who had served in the Airborne Command during World War II, also was a director of companies including Pan American Airways, Northern Pacific Railroad, NCR and Monsanto.
He and his wife, Nancy Carnegie Rockefeller, had four children.
[2004 c.The Associated Press]
1.+James Stillman ROCKEFELLER, m. Coucheron (Torp) HEYERDAHL, b.4 Aug.1924 Larvik, Norway, d.14 Apr.1969 Camden, ME, 2 daughters,
2. Nancy Sherlock Carnegie ROCKEFELLER, b.abt.1925, m.24 June 1949 Barclay McFADDEN, b.21 July 1924 Philadelphia,
3. Andrew Carnegie ROCKEFELLER, b.9 May 1929 Greenwich, CT, m1. 19 July 1957 Jean Victoria MacKAY, b.26 Oct.1931, m2. 3 Mar.1979 Harriet (Gruner) ROSS,
4.+Georgia Stillman ROCKEFELLER, b.1933, m. 29 Jun 1957, J. Harden ROSE, b.1 Oct.1929, had dau. Sarah Elizabeth ROSE, b.1958, d.1989, m. Stephen Thompson HEARST,
Obit of Nancy Rockefeller, New York Times, Jan.23, 1994, age 93, p.30,