The Friends of the Rockefeller State Park Preserve Board deeply mourn the passing of David Rockefeller, Sr.
The youngest and last surviving child of John D. Rockefeller, Jr., and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, Uncle David, as family fondly called him, loved and supported the Preserve. In 2015, he donated $4 million to establish an operating endowment supporting the Preserve. This donation was one of the largest-ever private donations in the history of the New York State park system and built on the Rockefeller family’s longstanding support for its namesake park. At the time, Mr. Rockefeller announced that he planned to donate approximately 500 additional acres of pastures, hayfields and forest to the Preserve in the future, adding to the more than 1,400 acres of parkland the Rockefeller family has donated since the park’s inception in 1983.
Upon the announcement of the endowment in 2015, David Rockefeller said, “My family has been deeply engaged in the creation of parks throughout this country for more than a century. Our beautiful state park system is an important asset that distinguishes the greatness of New York State and we are proud to have played a role in its development. It is my hope that this contribution will make Rockefeller State Park Preserve more accessible and enjoyable for everyone.”
Among David Rockefeller’s many, many contributions to business and philanthropy, his generosity to the Preserve will enable it to be available to so many for generations to come. While we will feel his absence profoundly, we can take comfort in taking a walk through the Preserve — and especially around the path called David’s Loop. In fact, he would like nothing better than for all of us to be out in the Preserve and enjoying it.