Celebrating the Life and Legacy of David Rockefeller

March 21, 2017

Celebrating the Life and Legacy of David Rockefeller
June 12, 1915 – March 20, 2017

Dear friends,

As we absorb the news of our beloved David Rockefeller’s passing, the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) sends condolences around the world and here in Cambridge to the innumerable individuals who have been touched by David’s “interesting life” (as he so characteristically phrased it) and unsurpassed generosity.


Professor William L. Fash Jr., the Charles P. Bowditch Professor of Central American and Mexican Archaeology and Ethnology and friend of David, expressed this to me quite beautifully and I quote;

“For all its inevitability, this news is no less heartbreaking. That truly is a gap that can never be filled. We can find solace by reflecting on all the wondrous and productive and world-changing things that he made possible for us and for our students, but also for generations to come.”


We also express joy and admiration for the robust life and legacy of David Rockefeller. DRCLAS is humbled, proud and immensely honored to be a living example of the past, present and future of David’s vision and love for Latin America. He touched our lives in so many unique ways. I personally felt David’s friendship and spent many happy visits with him at his homes in New York and Maine over the last twenty years, talking about everything from beetles, our shared passion, to art and world cultures.

DR Brasil

Eugenio Madero, member of the DRCLAS Advisory Committee and family friend of David expressed it this way; “His legacy is our gift!” Indeed, let us be inspired by this gift—David Rockefeller—and continue to shape our lives by his example.

With appreciation,

Brian D. Farrell
Director, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies