November 18, 2002
David Rockefeller discusses new book “Memoirs” at the Hennage Auditorium
David Rockefeller discussed his new book “Memoirs” in an interview with Colonial Williamsburg President and Chairman Colin G. Campbell Saturday, Nov. 2 in the Hennage Auditorium of the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. The event was part of a national tour jointly sponsored by Random House and Colonial Williamsburg and was sold out.
“Memoirs” is the story of the life of David Rockefeller—financier, philanthropist and unofficial international envoy. Born in 1915, David was the youngest son of the late Abby Aldrich and John D. Rockefeller Jr., whose numerous philanthropic interests included the restoration of the 18th-century capital of Virginia and the creation of Colonial Williamsburg. David Rockefeller’s association with Colonial Williamsburg began in March 1926 when he visited the old town of Williamsburg with his parents. In fact, he was the subject of the now famous telegram sent by John D. Rockefeller Jr. in December 1926 authorizing the purchase of the first Williamsburg property and cryptically signed “David’s Father” to avoid arousing the interest of local property speculators.
As a life member of the Raleigh Tavern Society, Colonial Williamsburg’s leading donor society, David Rockefeller has made numerous gifts to Colonial Williamsburg. In honor of his late wife Peggy, an avid conservationist and enthusiastic carriage driver, Mr. Rockefeller made a special contribution for the construction of the stables adjacent to the Historic Area. In April 2002, he made a gift of $1.5 million to the foundation’s Presidential Discretionary Fund, which is part of Colonial Williamsburg’s first comprehensive fund-raising campaign.
Throughout his remarkable career, David Rockefeller has held leadership positions in business and in a wide range of philanthropic organizations and was instrumental in the rejuvenation of the Wall Street area in Lower Manhattan. Retired as chairman of Chase Manhattan Bank in 1981, Mr. Rockefeller lives in New York and serves as a member and past chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a life trustee and chairman emeritus of The Rockefeller University and the Museum of Modern Art. Recipient of more than 15 honorary degrees, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1998. Still an active philanthropist at age 87, he is a leader in the Museum of Modern Art’s building and endowment campaign.
Copies of “Memoirs,” which retails for $35, are on sale at the Wallace Museum Gift Shop and at the Williamsburg Booksellers at the Visitor Center.