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Nelson A. Rockefeller

Remembering Nelson A. Rockefeller '30, born July 8, 1908

The Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College was founded in 1983 to commemorate the contributions of Nelson A. Rockefeller '30 to the life of the nation.  Rockefeller himself was born 107 years ago today on July 8th, 1908 in Bar Harbor, Maine, the grandson of Standard Oil co-founder John Davison Rockefeller Sr.   Rockefeller's primary and secondary schooling came at the Lincoln School, a private New York City institution.  Rockefeller then came to Dartmouth for higher education, graduating cum laude with an A.B. in Economics.  Rockefeller was a member of senior society Casque and Gauntlet at Dartmouth, as well as Psi Upsilon fraternity. 

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Upon graduation, Rockefeller engaged in several family business ventures including Chase National Bank and Creole Petroleum.  Creole Petroleum was the Venezuelan subsidiary of Standard Oil, inspiring a strong interest in Latin America and eventually giving rise to his position as Coordinator of Inter American Affairs (CIAA) for the US government in 1940. 

Happy Birthday Nelson A. Rockefeller! Rocky's Strong Dartmouth Ties

This week commemorates Nelson A. Rockefeller's birthday.  Born on July 8, 1908, Nelson A. Rockfeller committed his life to public service.  The Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College was founded in 1983 to commemorate the contributions of Nelson A. Rockefeller '30 to the life of the nation.

After working in business and government, Nelson A. Rockefeller '30 was elected governor of New York, serving for four terms.

Throughout his entire life and career, he especially relied on his Dartmouth peers for trusted advice as his inner circle.  You can read more about Nelson Rockefeller's Dartmouth alumni ties here in a recent Dartmouth Alumni Magazine article.

Establish your own vibrant Dartmouth alumni and student inner circle by joining the Rockefeller Center LinkedIn group!

Political Campaign in Your Future? Dartmouth a Top College Pick for Gaining Experience

The recent blog post “10 Best Colleges for Aspiring Presidents” rightly names Dartmouth College and its Nelson A. Rockefeller Center as a great place for undergraduates to gain political experience.  The Center was founded to honor alumnus Nelson A. Rockefeller, who certainly set a good example for politically minded Dartmouth students: after graduating from the College in 1930, he went on to serve as the Governor of New York from 1959 to 1973 and then was selected by President Gerald Ford to serve as Vice President of the United States from 1974 to 1977. 

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