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Date of Birth 26 May 1910New York City, New York, USA
Date of Death 11 July 2004New York City, New York, USA  (pulmonary fibrosis)
Birth NameLaurance Spelman Rockefeller

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Born into one of the nation's greatest family fortunes, Laurance Rockefeller had a lifelong affinity for the environment. The fourth of six children of John D. Rockefeller Jr. and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, he earned a BA from Princeton University, attended Harvard Law School, and served in the Navy during World War II.

Laurance was less attracted to the spotlight than his brothers Nelson (who was vice president under Gerald Ford and served four terms as New York's governor) or Winthrop (who was governor of Arkansas). While other family members distinguished themselves as businessmen and politicians, Laurance was drawn primarily to the outdoors. He gave 50,000 acres to the National Park Service to form Virgin Islands National Park, was instrumental in the establishment of Redwood National Park in California, and donated his ranch to Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Laurance served under five presidents in several capacities related to conservation and the outdoors, founded the American Conservation Association in 1958, and was head of Jackson Hole Preserve Inc., a conservation organization. He was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 1991 for his efforts to preserve the environment. He also became a pivotal developer of venture capital by helping to finance Eastern Airlines in 1938. At the time of his death, he was No. 377 on Forbes' list of billionaires, with $1.5 billion.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (1)

Mary French (15 August 1934 - 17 April 1997) (her death) (4 children)

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Donated 50,000 acres of private property on the island of St.John in the U.S. that he turned over to the National Park Service as Virgin Islands National Park.

Brother of former New York governor and Vice President of the United States, Nelson Rockefeller
Children: Laurance, Laura, Lucy and Marion.
Upon his death, his remains were interred at Rockefeller Family Cemetery in Sleepy Follow, Westchester County, New York.

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