James Rockefeller, former chairman of the bank that became Citigroup and the oldest known U.S. Olympic medal winner, died on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2004. He was 102. He was the captain of Yale Universitys eight-man rowing team with coxswain that won gold at the 1924 Paris Olympics beating the Canadian team by just 16 seconds. A team member was Dr.Benjamin Spock, who became a renowned pediatrician with his best-selling book about child rearing. Rockefeller was a grandson of William Rockefeller, who founded Standard Oil with his brother, John D Rockefeller. Rockefeller started at National City Bank in 1930 and retired in 1967. He became president in 1952 and chairman in 1959. In 1955, the bank merged with the First National Bank of New York to form Citigroup. He served in the Airborne Command during World War II.
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