Sharon Percy Rockefeller
|Sharon Percy Rockefeller|
December 10, 1944 |
|Occupation||Chief executive officer of WETA-TV|
|Known for||First lady of West Virginia, 1977-1985|
|Spouse(s)||John Davison Rockefeller IV
|Children||John Davison Rockefeller V
Justin Aldrich Rockefeller
|Parents||Charles Harting Percy
Jeanne Valerie Dickerson
She was born in Oakland, California, on December 10, 1944, a twin daughter of Senator Charles Harting Percy (1919—2011) and Jeanne Valerie Dickerson, who died in 1947. She earned a Bachelor's degree at Stanford University and later studied at Morris Harvey College and West Virginia Wesleyan College. Her twin sister Valerie was murdered in 1966 at the family home by a mysterious intruder. Sharon married John Davison "Jay" Rockefeller IV (born 1937) in 1967. He is the son of John Davison Rockefeller III (1906—1978) and Blanchette Ferry Hooker (1909—1992) of the Rockefeller family. She and Jay have four children and six grandchildren.
As First Lady of West Virginia, she promoted the Public Broadcasting Service, helped establish a centralized system to assist mentally handicapped children, and founded Mountain Artisans, a quilting business for low-income artisans. She also campaigned to lower utility costs and to improve care for the elderly. After Jay was elected to the United States Senate in 1985, she became Chief executive officer of WETA-TV in Washington, D.C. She is a former member of the Steering Committee of the Bilderberg Group.
- McCoppin, Robert; Wall, Glenn (June 14, 2011). "Newly disclosed account surfaces in 1966 Valerie Percy murder case". The Chicago Tribune. Retrieved September 23, 2014.
- "Former Steering Committee Members". bilderbergmeetings.org. Bilderberg Group. Retrieved 2014-02-08.
- "West Virginia's First Ladies," West Virginia Division of Culture and History, June 2007.
Shelley Riley Moore
|First Lady of West Virginia
1977 – 1985
Shelley Riley Moore