James Stillman Rockefeller
|James Stillman Rockefeller|
June 8, 1902|
New York City, New York
|Died||August 10, 2004
|Cause of death||Stroke|
|Education||Yale University (1924)|
|Parents||William Goodsell Rockefeller
|Relatives||James Stillman, maternal grandfather|
|Olympic medal record|
|Competitor for United States|
|Gold||1924 Paris||Men's eights|
James Stillman Rockefeller (June 8, 1902 – August 10, 2004) was a member of the prominent U.S. Rockefeller family. He won an Olympic rowing title for the United States then became president of Citigroup. He was a trustee of the American Museum of Natural History and a member of the board of overseers of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
He graduated from Yale University in 1924, where he was elected to Scroll and Key and Phi Beta Kappa. That same year Rockefeller captained a crew of Yale teammates that included Benjamin Spock. They won a gold medal in rowing at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris, France.
He appeared on the cover of Time magazine on July 7, 1924.
He lived in Greenwich, Connecticut in a 19,000-square-foot (1,800 m2) brick Georgian mansion, built in 1929, with 11 bedrooms and 16 marble bathrooms on four levels. There are 12 fireplaces, an elevator, an outdoor pool and English gardens.
Rockefeller was survived by four children, fourteen grandchildren, thirty-seven great-grandchildren, and one great-great granddaughter. His house was sold in 2004 for $13.4 million and resold again in 2009 for $23.9 million. His wife, Nancy Carnegie Rockefeller, died in 1994 after 68 years of marriage.
Rockefeller joined the National City Bank in 1930 after working at Brown Brothers Harriman and served as  It was during his tenure that the bank merged with the smaller First National Bank and took the name The First National City Bank of New York.
Under each of his successors, the bank's name has changed: George Moore shortened it to "First National City Bank" and formed a holding company, First National City Corp.; under Walter B. Wriston these became "Citibank" and "Citicorp"; under John Reed the firm merged with Travelers Group to become Citigroup.
James Stillman Rockefeller also concerned himself with other family investments, and prior to his death was America's oldest living Olympic champion, and the earliest living cover subject of Time magazine.
- "James S. Rockefeller, 102, Dies; Was a Banker and a '24 Olympian". New York Times. August 11, 2004. Retrieved 2012-09-16. "James Stillman Rockefeller, who helped capture an Olympic rowing title for the United States before a banking career with a company that eventually become Citigroup, died yesterday at his home in Greenwich, Conn., his family announced. He was 102. ..."
- Wall Street Journal, July 5, 2009. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204120604574252133315358994.html
- Citigroup Company history - CitiBank - 1940-55 http://www.citigroup.com/citi/corporate/history/citibank.htm
Howard C. Sheperd
|Chairman of First National City Bank
George S. Moore
|Awards and achievements|
William Howard Taft
|Cover of Time Magazine
7 July 1924